Issue: 2013 October


Dear Meditators,

Introducing Christian Meditation in Myanmar

In this International newsletter, Fr Laurence writes about his 12-day trip to Myanmar in August with James Loh, Pauline Peters and me. WCCM was invited to introduce Christian meditation to the Burmese Church by the three archbishops of Yangon (Archbishop Charles Bo), Mandalay (Archbishop Paul Grawng) and Taunggyi (Archbishop Matthias U Shwe).

At each archdiocese, we gave introductory talks and meditated with separate groups of priests and religious, seminarians, youths, lay leaders and lay people. As James and Albert Cheah had gone on an advance mission to help prepare for the teaching trip, the level of interest was strong and enthusiastic.

The latest Meditatio CD, Meditating as a Christian, features the introductory talks to priests and religious at Yangon. Fr Laurence focuses on the Christian tradition of meditation and relates the practice to the doctrine of the indwelling Holy Spirit. With clarity and depth he helps us see how the experience of “Christ in you” is essential to the Christian life, enabling us to transcend the ego and so to live as “temples of the Holy Spirit”. You might like to get the CD from Daulet as the talks deepen our understanding of the spiritual meaning of the practice, and they also are a very good introduction to meditation for newcomers.

Our Singapore community will be following up to help the Burmese Church start their meditation groups. Already, quite a lot of teaching materials are being translated to Burmese..

Day of Recollection for Group Leaders & Helpers

We are beginning a series of Days of Recollection. The purpose is to help meditators deepen their spiritual practice and foster a greater sense of fellowship. The first event will be on Saturday 19 October. We are expecting over 30 participants who are committee members and meditation group leaders or helpers.

Appointment of Office-Bearers

WCCM Singapore is a registered society and so the official office bearers are elected each year. At our recent AGM on 27 Sep 2013, the following were elected:

ICE PRESIDENT: James Loh AUDITORS: Rebecca Lim, Ronny Tan SECRETARY: Leonard Ong

We have a committee that co-ordinates and organises the work of our Singapore community. The other committee members in addition to those listed above are: Albert Cheah, Anna Goh, Bernadette Heng, Cecilie Dee, Daulet Manecksha, Dominic Heng, Emily Lee, Florence Kwee, Francis Heng, Ignatius Chew, Patrick Prakash, Richard Teo, Stella Kon.

John Main Seminar 2013

The John Main Seminar this year was held in Hong Kong in September. 11 members of our community attended the seminar and retreat, and two of them share their experience with us in the following pages.

In the peace of the Risen Lord





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