Faces, voices, stories, experiences and expectations from around the globe.
The CCR Leaders share their expectations, looking forward, for the celebrations
of the 50 years of "a current of grace for and in the Church".
Gilberto Barbosa, President of the Catholic Fraternity
I met the Charismatic Renewal, and I received the Baptism in the Spirit in 1985. For 50 years this chain of Grace has brought many fruits to the Church. I witnessed this Renewal, because it has completely changed my life, it changed my way of doing things, it changed my mind and my heart. I come from a traditional Catholic family, but we were not practitioners, with fourteen siblings, trained by our parents to study, work and have an honest living, but not through faith. After receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I became a man of faith, and I met Jesus Christ who is everything that I want to live. Me and my family now serve the Lord!
To Pope Francis we assure our prayers and at the same time, our fidelity to the mission we have entrusted to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The grace of Baptism in the Holy Spirit should be experienced by everyone. As he said in his speech at the Olympic Stadium in Rome in June 2014; "do not deprive us of this grace."
Today for us the greatest challenge is to follow the final message of Jesus when, before he was arrested and dying on the cross, he said, " that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.." Jn 17,21. Not to live in unity is a scandal for new Christians, since Christ is one, and invites us to be One. The unity should be, however, not only among Christians but among all the currents of grace.