The CCR is “like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened”
The mission of ISAO is to foster a future marked with humble disposition of a diverse yet united body, people filled with the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit, set apart and set ablaze to love, witness and transform this world.
We achieve this by focusing on:
The ISAO serves as a center of unity, communication and cooperation in order to fulfill Christ’s desire, “that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21), and to keep Christ’s body without division (1 Cor 12:4-31) by promoting unity among varied realities and expressions.
The greatest fruit of Pentecost that Luke highlights is not speaking in tongues or ecstasy, but the coming together of Christians in greater unity than men had ever seen before. It is in this unity that we see our need to acknowledge and reverence the gifts of each and every member of the body as “manifestations of the Spirit given for the good of all” (1 Cor 12:7). The Charismatic Renewal will become more effective in its vocation and mission in the Church and the world when different streams and expressions of the Renewal, shed elements of disunity, dissension, mistrust and come to work together in love (Col 3:14).
Asia had the privilege of being the continent where Christian faith was born and first proclaimed by the Apostles. Although we have prosperous Church in some parts of Asia and Oceania, we are still a “small flock” in both the Continents – Asia and Australia. The vast majority of the population in the Region has not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Renewal should, therefore, harness all its resources in proclaiming Jesus to the people of Asia and Oceania in the prevailing multi-cultural, multi-linguistic and multi-religious background. The renewal is continually directed to what Pope John Paul II in 1983 frequently called for a ‘new evangelization.’ He made it clear that he wasn’t calling for a new gospel, but a new effort, characterized by new ‘ardor, methods, and expression.’
That is the essence of our mission, that ministries ablaze with the gifts and charisms of the Holy Spirit strengthen the Renewal through faith, so that we become fully engaged in the New Evangelization.
The New Evangelization allows us to proclaim the Gospel in a new and tangible way, offering opportunities of renewal where faith has grown cold, bringing people to experience the power and presence of God in a way that for them is new and deeper than what they previously understood.
The CCR is “like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened” (Lk 13:21) and is meant to leaven the whole Church. The Pentecost that took place 2000 years ago was not ‘the full and final’ outpouring of the Holy Spirit. According to Pope Paul VI, “More than ever, the Church and the world need the miracle of Pentecost to be continued in history.” The fire should not be allowed to extinguish.
Indeed, St. John Paul II called for the New Evangelization to be characterized by “new ardor, methods, and expression” capable of reaching the modern and secular culture surrounding us. But we understand that we are limited in our humanity and insufficient to carry out a new evangelization complete with new ardor, methods, and expressions. Hence, the great need for a New Pentecost.
Our mission therefore is to satiate the renewal with the fervor of a New Pentecost, where through the Holy’s Spirit ardor, method and expression, we experience a new outpouring, a new spiritual ardor and a newness that promotes change. The Spirit of God is calling us to return anew to the Upper Room in prayer and expectation of a new Pentecost!
“Let us implore from God the grace of a new Pentecost for the Church… May tongues of fire, combining burning love of God and neighbor with zeal for the spread of Christ’s Kingdom, descend on all present!”
-(Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, April 19, 2008)
Holiness and Reconciliation
Gradual shrinking of large and vibrant prayer groups, dampening of zeal and commitment among leaders, diminishing of initial enthusiasm and decline in the use of charisms are certain disturbing trends in the Renewal in the Region.
Regions and groups should work towards shedding disunity and disagreement, resentment and bitterness, envy and jealousy, competitiveness and lack of submission. Let us make renewed efforts to eradicate mistrust and hostility through reconciliation.
The growth of the Charismatic renewal is dependant greatly on visionary leadership. Leaders who don’t just lead, but lead with a vision. Jim Murphy, President of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS), quoting Proverbs 29:18 exhorts us “where there is no vision, the people perish. Without a vision, people end up doing the same old things, and things begin to fall apart”
The renewal must foster the empowerment and development of leaders who are able to serve through the spiritual gifts God has endowed them as well as recognize the gifts in members so as to enable them to use such gifts in the service of the Church.
Charismatic Leadership must abhor vacuum, it must be a continuum where by one generation of leaders passes the baton to the next generation through the strategies of vision, mentoring and discipleship.