Tasmanians called to listen to God’s voice

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Tasmanians called to listen to God’s voice

Tasmanian faithful have been challenged to step outside their comfort zones and share what God is saying with the world.

At the recent Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) state conference in Launceston, attendees heard talks and took part in practical sessions focusing on the theme ‘Living prophetically: listening to the voice of God in everyday life’.

Head of the CCR in Tasmania Ann Brereton said that “the whole weekend is about listening to God in everyday things”.

“When we’re in the supermarket line, is God saying something to the person that’s standing next to you? When you go to Mass, is God saying something encouraging to somebody and He wants to use you as that mouthpiece? It could just be an encouraging word.”

A particular focus of the weekend was using everyday language to speak in order to reach out to people who aren’t coming to church.

“God’s voice needs to be heard in the secular world,” Mrs Brereton said.

Around 35 participants gathered from around the state and came from a broad range of backgrounds and parishes.

“Even though it was a ‘Charismatic’ weekend, [it] was something that everyone and everybody can be involved in, can do, and it doesn’t necessarily meant you have to be Charismatic – that’s the wonderful part of it,” said Deacon Michael Smith who travelled from Kingston to attend.

“Everyone was talking about it and saying how it challenged them to move on, to move out of their comfort zone … That’s what I found wonderful: it did take you out of your comfort zone and put you into a place where you could experience something new and exciting in your spiritual life.”

Lyn Driessen from Grove attended the conference with her husband Jack and says the prophetic words that people had given her were very uplifting.

“Personally for myself, I wrote down all the words I’d received and they were all very uplifting and they were very good words for me to take away and sit with in prayer, because a lot of them were very similar. Sometimes we don’t like to think too highly of ourselves, but it’s good to hear from other people what they think God sees in you.”

Part of the Southern CCR Prayer Community based in southern Tasmania, Mrs Driessen says her prayer group will continue to practise what they learnt over the next few weeks.

Mrs Brereton hopes people will take what they gained beyond the conference.

“I’m hoping that people will actually leave the place and put into action what they learnt, because that will change Tasmania and it will change the world,” Mrs Brereton said.