Finding God among the pots and pans of everyday life

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Finding God among the pots and pans of everyday life

Finding God in the ordinary activities of life was one a key focus of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal’s (CCR) annual gathering in Launceston recently.

More than 35 people from around the state attended a gathering at the Emmanuel Conference and Retreat Centre to learn more about the ‘sacrament of the present moment’, with presentations by long-term Renewal participants Maureen O’Halloran, of Ulverstone, and Ann Brereton, of Cygnet.

Mrs Brereton, who is the CCR Tasmania state co-ordinator and chairperson of the CCR national service committee explained: “The aim of the weekend was to introduce participants to a deeper consciousness of God’s presence permeating all of creation; to challenge the belief that there is deep separation between the sacred and the secular; and to encourage contemplative awareness in living out our ordinary lives as disciples of Christ.

“The focus was to draw participants into the awareness that every moment is charged with the presence of God.”
The talks drew on the writings of Jean Pierre de Caussade SJ, author of the spiritual classic Abandonment to Divine Providence and coined the phrase ‘the sacrament of the present moment’, as well as Br Lawrence, a Carmelite who describes finding God among the pots and pans of his monastery kitchen.

“Participants were encouraged to seek the presence of God in all things – even life’s painful, negative, or mundane circumstances,” Mrs Brereton said.

Tasmania has three CCR groups, meeting in five different parishes around the state.

Pope Francis has called the Charismatic Renewal ‘a current of grace, a renewing breath of the spirit for all members of the Church’.