CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Spreading the fire

HONG KONG (SE): The president of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service at Vatican, Michelle Moran, and her husband, Peter, were the guests of the Hong Kong Catholic Charismatic Service Committee for its annual Advent gathering at the Caritas Community Hall on December 11.

Speaking to the theme Spreading the Fire, Michelle Moran said that what makes God real or not real for us is what we believe in our hearts.

She cited Abraham, who she described as receiving a call from God at the age of 75, explaining that he may not really have understood God’s calling, but he did respond in faith.

Moran said when we hear the Lord, because we may not understand him, we have to be attentive, because the Lord reveals his message step by step. She said that when we sense the Lord is saying something to us, we must take note.

She encouraged the gathering not to allow discouragement to hold them back and to feed on the word of life when we are going through difficult times.

Moran also cited Mary as an example. When the angel Gabriel appeared to her to tell her that she would conceive a child, she responded from her heart, but with rationality.

Moran said that although she had questions, she still obeyed. Then Mary, in the Upper Room at Pentecost, was experiencing a different type of waiting, because she had already received the Holy Spirit.

When Mary uttered her Fiat, things changed for her and when we utter our own Fiat, we too become open to receiving inspiration from heaven.

Moran explained that the Lord blesses us so we can spread fire on the earth and become a true investor in the kingdom of God. She encouraged the gathering to trust in the Lord and walk with the Lord step by step.

She reminded those present that Pope Francis wants people to be in the frontline against atheism.

Moran concluded her talk with a community healing prayer.

Ruel Trinidad, the vice chairperson of the committee for the English-speaking group, led the gathering in an Ignatian Examen of the day.

He invited the gathering to pray and ask for grace from God, give thanks to God for everything, reflect back on their words and actions throughout the day, and ask for pardon and make a resolution.

A Mass celebrated by John Cardinal Tong Hon and concelebrated by Father Lawrence Lee Len concluded the day.

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