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Pope Francis speaks about the Holy Spirit


“You can follow a thousand catechism courses, a thousand spirituality courses, a thousand yoga or zen courses and all these things. But none of this will be able to give you the freedom as a child (of God).  Only the Holy Spirit can prompt your heart to say ‘Father.’

The Pope’s reflections came from the day's gospel reading that recounted how the apostles were terrified when they saw Jesus walking on water.  And the reason for their terror, he explained, is that their hearts were hardened.

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Pope Francis said a person’s heart can be made of stone for many reasons, such as, for example, a painful experience in one’s life. But as he went on to point out, another reason for hardened hearts is because people are closed in on themselves.


Recent PMST meeting


Catholic Charismatic Renewal – A New Breeze of Hope is Blowing into the Church- Archbishop Julian Leow

KUALA LUMPUR.  The Peninsula Malaysia Service Team (PMST) of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) met on 10 October 2014 at the KL Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre. During the meeting, both Archbishop Julian Leow and Bishop Sebastian Francis encouraged the respective Diocesan Service Teams and their prayer groups to focus on Mission & Evangelization. 
All upcoming programs, seminars or formations organized by the Diocesan Service Teams must be focused on the preparation for mission and missionary lives that is anchored towards Christ and Mother Mary hand in hand to ensure the CCR bodies in Peninsular Malaysia moves in a direction which is aligned with the pastoral initiatives and plans of the Peninsular Malaysia Church. 
As the Peninsular Malaysia Church is gearing towards the next Peninsular Malaysia Pastoral Convention (PMPC-IV) in the year 2016 and as part of the faith formation and spiritual preparations for the PMPC, Bishop Sebastian encouraged the respective Diocesan Service Teams to carry on doing the relevant CCR programs for the parishioners including Spiritual Leadership formation programs, Life in the Spirit Seminars (LSS), Growth in the Spirit Seminars (GSS) whilst also taking the necessary initiatives to strengthen the parish prayers groups which are the root base of the CCR.
Most Rev Archbishop Julian Leow concluded by affirming that the CCR has been a catalyst of faith in Peninsula Malaysia and gave his blessing for the CCR to continue the good work that they had been doing over the years.
Report by – Terence Zavier (KL AST)



Spiritual Warfare: Pope Francis Says the Christian life is Battle Against the Devil

VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - The first reading at the Liturgy on Thursday, October 30, 2014, was an excerpt from St Paul's well known letter to the Ephesians (Eph 6:10-20) in which we find this powerful charge and admonition:

"Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the Devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.

"Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the Gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the Evil One. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

Pope Francis described Christian life as a continuous battle being waged against the world, the disordered passions of the flesh and the devil - good, old school spiritual warfare language. He called all those at Mass, and all of us, to take up the armor of God and fight the Devil.
Here are some excerpts:




by Cyril John

There were two masons at work. Someone approached the first mason and enquired as to what he was doing. The mason replied, “I am placing one brick upon another.” The visitor then repeated the question to the second mason and he said, “I am building a Cathedral.”

The first mason could not relate what he was  doing to the entire project of building a Cathedral. The second mason had a clear vision, for he saw his contribution in relation to the entire project. He always had in mind the project drawn up by the chief architect for the Cathedral. The same could happen to our intercession. We could continue to say prayers that do not go beyond our head or beyond the room we are in.....

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From Atheism to Catholicism: An Interview with Jennifer Fulwiler


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This video was made as the CCR in Peninsular Malaysia celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013.


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