faq

What is a sharing group?

Summary In a prayer group or during a session, a sharing group: 
tells how the Lord is leading us in the group or session in order to facilitate the action of the Holy Spirit is where we listen to each other about what touches us – in the teachings, the testimonies, the Word of God, […]

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What is a charism?

A charism is any free gift from God. According to St Thomas Aquinas, ‘We must distinguish two kinds of graces. The first unites man himself to God. And the second makes a man help another to turn to God. The latter grace is called a charism and when granted to someone, it exceeds the power […]

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What is the experience of the outpouring of the Spirit?

Q & A with Fr Denis Biju-Duval, theologian and author of ‘L’effusion de l’Esprit Saint’ (The outpouring of the Holy Spirit), published by the Editions de l’Emmanuel) Interview by Laurence Louvencourt in ‘Ilestvivant!’ No. 293. 
1 The term seems quite new and it may surprise some people? 
 Although the term may seem relatively recent, […]

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What is the prayer of the brothers and sisters?

The prayer of the brothers and sisters is what we call group prayer when it is for a particular person. 
 Everyone gets close to the person who asks for prayer. Sometimes people put their hands on the shoulder of the person in a gesture of fraternal support. We begin by thanking the Lord for […]

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What is a household?

Summary ‘Maisonnées (households) are the most important place where we live Community life … The maisonnée is a fraternal support for faithfully living out Community commitments –  Adoration, compassion and evangelisation.’ (Guide to Community Life) Our journey together 
 In a large community like ours, the households are small units that allow us to journey […]

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What is praise?

12 good reasons to praise: 
 
 1 Praise is an expression of joy, trust and the love of God. It opens the heart and ‘refreshes’ souls. 2 Praise is a prayer in which one marvels at the qualities of God and where we sing of them. It is one of the finest expressions of the […]

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What is conversion?

Pope Francis, when receiving the delegations from other Churches and Christian denominations who had come for the inauguration of his pontificate, spoke about his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI and the year of the faith and said, ‘He wanted to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Vatican II by offering a sort of pilgrimage to what is […]

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What is compassion?

By definition, compassion means being sensitive to the suffering of others. Through our baptism, we are called to live compassion in the image of Christ – that is to say to love each other fully, with all our weaknesses, and to share in the other’s suffering. Much is at stake because it is the Love […]

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Evangelisation – yes, but how?

Different ways to evangelize To evangelize is to love, to go out and meet another person who does not know God in order to love them. Evangelisation is not a technique – it is an attitude of the heart. It can take many forms and it is impossible to provide an exhaustive list of them. […]

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How to pray?

Prayer is the breathing of the heart. It is nourished by the Bible, the Gospels, the Psalms, the main prayers of the Church and by hymns. It is completed in the silence of contemplation, in welcoming Christ who reveals the face of God the Father and who communicates the Holy Spirit. It is a source […]

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How do we discern?

How do we discern? To choose well is to choose what is the best. Not the best for me, or from my point of view, but the best in a given situation and according to objective criteria. Discernment is not always obvious – which criteria do we adopt in order to decide? How do we […]

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