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Issue: 2011 July

Dear Meditators,

INVITATION to TEAM WCCM

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Our Singapore Christian meditation community started 23 years ago. In 1988, we formed the first weekly meditation group at Holy Family parish with the encouragement of Fr Alfred Chan. Since then, we have shared the gift of meditation with thousands of people. Today we have 32 meditation groups meeting regularly in 23 parishes. Our Singapore community also contributes actively to our global WCCM community in several ways. We run WCCM's publishing company in Singapore, and we produce for global circulation the quarterly Meditatio CD of the teaching. We have also helped to start meditation communities in Malaysia, Indonesia, Mauritius and Hong Kong. The expansion of our work has been possible because we have been blessed with many committed and dedicated group leaders and helpers. I want to share with you my sense that our Singapore community is now being called to a new phase of growth and development and invite your participation in it. Two factors are driving this new phase of growth.

First, more and more people are turning to meditation in their search for peace and meaning in their lives. This interest in meditation is a global phenomenon. Here in Singapore, the public revelation by Mr Lee Kuan Yew that he is practising meditation has stimulated considerable interest among Singaporeans. Recently our two introductory workshops at Holy Family and Queen of Peace parishes were heavily oversubscribed and we could not accommodate everyone. On Saturday 6 August, we are putting on a half-day workshop at Holy Cross for about 300 participants. On Saturday 20 August, we shall be having a similar event at St Teresa.

Second, our Singapore community is actively involved in developing WCCM's outreach which is called Meditatio. WCCM''s conviction is that meditation can make an important contribution to the challenges faced by humanity in critical areas such as the education of children and youth, inter-religious friendship, care for the environment, mental health and business ethics. For children and youth, our Singapore community has started some pilot programmes to introduce meditation to children in catechism classes and to youths at their school camps. In inter-religious friendship, we are planning in January 2012 a meditation retreat to be led by Fr Laurence Freeman to which we will invite participants from the various religious groups in Singapore.

Because "the harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few", we need to expand our community's pool of groupleaders, helpers and activists. With this in mind, we conducted an Essential Teaching Workshop the weekend of July 1-3. We had 64 participants, including 15 from Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong. The focus was to train existing and future group leaders and helpers to take care of our weekly meditation groups. The weekend not only helped them to deepen their understanding of the basic teaching, but also equipped them to give talks and to respond to queries and questions on meditation. I am glad that many of those participants are already now helping out with the groups, the workshops and in other areas.

I am writing this letter to invite you to make a personal contribution to the work of our community. Each of us has a gift to bring to the service of the Kingdom. I myself have found that the work of teaching and leading the community has enriched my spiritual development in incredible measure. The Lord will not be outdone in generosity. A good way of building up and persevering in your meditation discipline is to be more actively involved in the communication of the teaching.

I am attaching a form to this letter to invite you to indicate how we would like to be involved in the work of our community. We will contact you to follow up and will keep you in mind for our next Essential Teaching Workshop.

May the Lord bless you and your loved ones, and help you to grow closer to him.

PETER NG

 

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Issue: 2009 July

 

Dear Meditators

I am delighted to write to you again to keep you informed of developments and upcoming events in the life of our Christian Meditation community in Singapore.

Group Leaders Gathering

On Sunday 2 August, we had our quarterly group leaders gathering. We were privileged to have the presence of Fr Frans De Ridder, particularly when the day was the 45th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. Fr Frans gave a teaching on "Why We Meditate". He shared from his own experience how meditation is the way in which we come into the presence of God and dwell in His love.

Medio Media has made available on DVD an interview of Fr Frans by Fr Laurence Freeman entitled Marriage Priesthood Meditation. Fr Frans speaks about the transforming effect of meditation on his priestly life and about its value to spousal and family relationships. Also available soon on audio CD will be a collection of short talks on meditation by Fr Frans. More information is available from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

WCCM Singapore Website

We now have our own website: www.wccmsingapore.org. It was launched on 2 August. I encourage you to visit it.

Introductory Workshops

At Holy Family Church in Katong, we will be holding an introductory workshop on Tuesday 1 September and 8 September. Thereafter, participants can join an on-going weekly introductory meditation group on Tuesday evenings. The purpose of this group will be to focus on newcomers who need a grounding in the essential teaching on meditation and group support to develop the discipline of regular meditation. At the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea in Yishun, we will be conducting a three-session introductory workshop on Monday 14, 21 and 28 September. Details are available on our website www.wccmsingapore.org

Cardinal Jean Margeot

On 17 July, we received the sad news of the passing of Cardinal Jean Margeot at the age of 93. His Eminence was instrumental in the formation of the Christian Meditation community in Mauritius. In 1997, he invited me and others from our Singapore to go to Mauritius to share the gift of meditation there. Subsequently, he integrated meditation into his prayer life and taught what he was practising. He started several weekly groups and translated teaching materials into French. His close friend Fr Robert Bathfield shared with us that towards the end he had asked the Cardinal: "Your Eminence, how do you pray?" The answer was "I pray the rosary, and I stay quiet in the presence of the Lord." In his condolence message to the Mauritian community, Fr Laurence Freeman said, "The world and the Church is diminished by his departure. He was a man and spiritual leader of such humanity and humility, and that was his authority — of a Christ-like love."

 

With the peace and love of the Lord,

PETER NG

 

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