Written by Sherry
Sunday, 16 November 2008 05:29
On the road again.
Taking off for Omaha and Making Disciples and then Canton, Ohio. My last extended trip of 2008. Fr. Mike graciously did the 4:30 am airport run and then follows in a couple hours. Barbara Elliott will be joining us in Omaha.
I'm going to be perusing 63 pages of the lives of Orthodox saints, provided so helpfully by Fr. Gregory Jensen of St. Blog's at whose parish we'll be doing a Called & Gifted workshop next weekend. I am already somewhat familiar with some of them but have ever heard of others. So It will be a pleasant education.
I had meant to blog this weekend about the Called & Gifted news we are hearing from around the world.
From Lydia Lim in Singapore:
" It's Sunday November 9th and the eight brave souls in my Called and Gifted small group and I have just had our fourth meeting. They never fail to surprise me. Today, after we listened to the first CD track, one of them said: I think of all the tracks we've listened to, that was the best. And when someone else in the group asked her: Why do you say that was the best? She replied: Because I'm awake.
Yes a few have found it tough to stay awake during the sessions. Despite that, all of them have come back faithfully week after week, except when work or travel kept them away. Each week, our discussions get more interesting.
Today, two of them related a moving conversion story of someone who is very close to them. They shared that what they had learned about the charism of Evangelisation helped them understand how the Holy Spirit continues to use this convert, who loves Christ but has some major issues with the Catholic Church as an institution and refuses to step into a church for mass.
I have also heard wonderful stories of how God has used each of them in turn to touch the lives of other people.
We are learning lots from the CDs, the small group study material and from each other. There's also a lot of interest in sharing the Called & Gifted programme with members of the other Catholic communities and ministries they belong to."
That's ok. I've spent most of the past 15 years curing insomnia with the sound of my voice . . .
Another of our prospective Asian teacher, Fr. David writes that he expects to be assigned to Hong Kong soon. He will likely serve as chaplain to the charismatic renewal in that city (60 prayer groups in Hong Kong).
Meanwhile, we received a proposal from some of our new friends in Slovakia (who I met at the Renewal Ministries training that I did back in September) to translate the Called & Gifted into Slovakian and establish a fully trained team in that country.
Meanwhile, Clara, who heads up our Australian C & G team, has lots going on. A teaching team for Brisbane will go through training later this month and a diocesan team will be established in Canberra early next year. Meanwhile, workshops are planned in Melbourne in 2009 and several other interesting developments are afoot.
They are calling my plane so must go. Will pop in as I have access. Home again next Monday.