CREATED 4 GREATNESS
On October 31, 2020, the young people of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal worldwide met on social media to participate in the Created 4 Greatness vigil, a historic event for the entire CCR organized by CHARIS International Youth Service of Communion with its representative Giulia Rancan.
The live broadcast moved from one country to another, with artistic presentations and live musical performances to pray, praise and worship together with the young saints who have witnessed with their lives their love for Christ, with them they fixed their gaze on Jesus Eucharist that gives us true Hope and Joy.
The young people gladly listened to the teachings of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Fr. Etienne Vetö, the testimony of Antonia Acutis Salzano, mother of Blessed Carlo Acutis and, in a special way, they received a message from Pope Francis addressed to all the young people of the CCR.
On this page you will find the video and the contents of the vigil in order to relive those moments.
The vigil was streamed through various transmission channels, including (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, in various languages) more than 50 countries such as Italy, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, France, Argentina, Poland, United States, India, Colombia, Peru, Martinique, Malaysia, Nigeria, Australia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Romania, United Kingdom, Panama, Portugal, Germany, Canada, Lebanon, Bolivia, Guadeloupe, Belgium, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Hungary, Croatia, Ivory Coast, Switzerland, Slovakia, Guatemala, South Korea, Czech Republic, Philippines, Netherlands, Ireland, Japan, Nicaragua, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Ghana, Botswana, Latvia, Congo – Kinshasa, Gabon, Namibia, Nigeria, New Zealand, Qatar, Oman, Taiwan, Burkina Faso, etc. and certainly many others that we are not aware of.
The impressions of this first event were very positive among the young people: they felt the great thirst for God and the harmony of the Holy Spirit.
We thank all those who participated in the event and all those who helped us to serve in this event!
See you at the next appointment!
It was incredible because I grew in love and respect for Christ and the community. In my littleness I felt the overflowing love of the Most Holy Trinity. It was a force that developed in my soul and that still pushes me towards Christ, my Lord. It has been a source of inspiration and strength, and I hope to participate in it many more times. May God bless our journey today and always, Shalom.
“We are your instruments that you must tune, and form a harmony that rises and spreads your praise”. On October 31st during the event “Created 4 greatness” organized by CHARIS International, I heard these words loudly., During the song of praise, the young people from 50 different countries of the world seemed like they were in my own room, not behind the web; they were with me in the Spirit, my brothers and sisters. Sharing such an experience with the young people of my community and charismatic young people from all over the world gave me a gift of unity, happiness, strength, but, above all, hope. Not only we young people, but all of us in this historical period really need strength and hope, which the Lord, in the unity of the faith, can and knows how to give us.
I thank the Lord who, through the International Service Committee of my Community, called me to participate in the vigil of 31 October organised by CHARIS. It was unexpected for me and I never thought I would be a part of it! It was a wonderful experience shared with other brothers and sisters from all over the world, and although we each spoke our own language, we were united in the Spirit. I hope that this meeting will not be the last but that there will be other moments to share together maybe even live.
My experience at the CHARIS vigil was completely new, starting with the fact that it was online and that it was an experience that involved young Charismatic people from every country in the world. The most beautiful moment of this vigil, and the main reason why we were called to participate representing our community, was the singing in tongues which, as a result of a song performed by a foreign band, created this very intense moment of prayer which I personally didn’t think I could get so involved in, since it was a prayer from a distance. I am sure that this experience will remain with me, especially thanks to the brothers with whom I shared it, who made it special.
“A night of surprises”, this is how I define the evening I attended the CHARIS vigil; from the sense of fraternity with the boys in my community, to the union I felt with people I didn’t even know. Initially, I never expected to experience all this, I always have a hard time putting myself in prayer through the web but, during the evening, I felt part of something great: a girl called to serve the Lord through the gifts that He has given her. During the adoration and singing in tongues of all the young people, I strongly felt the power of the Holy Spirit. We were no longer alone but, as we young people in the same community saw, “one voice turned to God”. With this evening I rediscovered the beauty of being together and living the Lord’s love to the full, always with that spirituality which never leaves us.
The vigil of CHARIS was a special night: a river of grace poured over me and all those who participated! I, an Italian, am in France at university, but that night all physical distance was broken down in the name of Him who gave His Blood for us! I felt close to all my Italian brothers and sisters and, again, to all the brothers and sisters of the world: on a night when the world celebrates death, we had the joy and honour to celebrate Life, the Resurrection! A little piece of Paradise has entered my new residence and that fullness of the Holy Spirit continues to accompany me in this new experience! Thank you CHARIS! Thank you Pope Francis! Thank you Jesus, because once again you have brought Light into my life!
Holiness was the theme of the vigil organized by CHARIS for charismatic young people. As soon as I read the theme of the vigil, in my heart I felt that the Lord had foreseen for us young people a strong moment of love, joy and union that would remain in my heart. And so it was. The vigil was an explosion of joy. More than 200 young people were connected, from all over the world, everyone spoke a different language, we could have had problems understanding each other, and instead harmony reigned, we could understand each other without problems because we all spoke the same language, the language of love. It was only thanks to the anointing of the Holy Spirit on each of us that we were able to transmit to our brothers and sisters at home what we lived, an immense love! We young people need the love of Jesus to be announced to us. The true love that gives freedom, heals the deepest wounds, gives you strength to get up after a fall, above all it gives without wanting anything in return. We young people need to feel loved. All together we have lived a wonderful experience. It is beautiful to be called to service, there is nothing more beautiful than to serve out of love and love to serve. Through service you make yourself an instrument of the Lord, but at the same time you are not left with empty pockets; on the contrary, He fills them twice as full. During the vigil I experienced even more the power of serving the Lord and came out of it built up. I thank Jesus for calling me to serve you every day. Thank you Jesus for filling my heart with your immense love.