Through the smoke haze of a warm Autumn Saturday in St. Joseph’s Parish Hall at Rozelle, Aneel Aranha cut a swathe with his powerful preaching and teaching to challenge all and sundry. In his opening message he claimed that for too long Christians have been walking around in fear, and that it had to change.
Aneel related this to the Gospel story where Jesus heals the man's hearing (Mark7:31-37) Jesus reached out to the man and cried out "Ephphetha!" and the man’s ears were opened; he could hear! We need to open our ears to hear what God is saying to us.
To read more about Aneel's teaching, download now Voice of Spirit, May 2016 edition.
Are you called to serve God and through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal?
On 12 December, 2015, the NSW Service Team for the CCR gathered together with Fr. Hugh Thomas CssR, our Chaplain, and others involved in CCR ministry to pray and discern the direction we felt God wanted to take the CCR in 2016.
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This retreat Weekend led by Jim Murphy was such a blessing. Many of those present would have remembered Jim as a gifted teacher and a man of God who speaks God’s word from his heart.
He is also a great story-teller. Over the two days Jim brought each to a new understanding of the meaning of Mercy as he led the gathering to reflect and to make changes in one’s way of living as the Pope calls us to do. As we know Pope Francis pronounced this year to be an extraordinary year of mercy with the words, "Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s Mercy." Jim recalled his father, who was a sea captain, telling him, "Don’t ever ask another to do what you yourself are not prepared to do."
To read more about Jim's weekend retreat, download now Voice of Spirit, Feb 2016 edition.