On December 17, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, received a delegation from the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the official birth ceremony of CHARIS, the new unique service for Renewal. A new adventure begins, in the continuity of what has been lived for more than 50 years, especially with ICCRS and Catholic Fraternity.
After the very encouraging speech of Cardinal Farrell, I had the opportunity to say a few words. After thanking all those present, especially Jim Murphy and Gilberto Barbosa, Presidents of ICCRS and Catholic Fraternity, I emphasized the importance of humility. In this Christmas period, the incarnation of the Son of God shows us the way to follow: "He, of divine condition, did not jealously hold the rank that equaled him to God. But he annihilates himself, taking the condition of a slave, and becoming like men. (Phil 2: 6-7)
The Church calls us to make the grace of baptism in the Holy Spirit always more known and to be witnesses of communion. It is a magnificent call that should not make us forget that the service of the Church always goes through the path of humility. It is to the extent that we will accept to be like Jesus, sweet and humble, that we will be able to answer this call of the Lord.
In contemplating the child of the manger, I invite you all to pray for us to be humble servants.
I wish you all a happy and holy Christmas.
Moderator of CHARIS
Catholic Charismatic Renewal International Service, also known as CHARIS, is the international service organism for all expressions for Catholic Charismatic Renewal a current of grace whose appearance in the Catholic Church in 1967 came as a fruit of the Second Vatican Council. Common to all expressions of Catholic Charismatic Renewal is the experience of the fruits of Pentecost through an outpouring of spiritual gifts called baptism in the Holy Spirit, involving a personal encounter with Jesus Christ as Saviour, an openness to the Word of God, to exercising the charisms and to evangelization in faithful service of the Church. CHARIS promotes and strengthens communion among all Charismatic realities, fostering a sense of the worldwide family of Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
Recognising Catholic Charismatic renewal as part of an ecumenical current of grace, CHARIS is an instrument to promote and work for unity in the body of Christ, as expressed in the prayer of Jesus Christ (Jn:17).