– by Rodolfo Galván
I would like to share briefly with you about my most recent ecumenical experience in the National Congress “Pray Together for Mexico”.
I am a member of the National Communion Service, which is the new organization that Pope Francis requested the Catholic Charismatic Renewal to establish in each country after the foundation of the initiative known as CHARIS which gathers all charismatic expressions within the Roman Catholic Church. I represent the Sword of the Spirit in Mexico. In the past year we have been promoting this National Communion Service because in May 16th, 2020 we will have the First National Meeting of Charismatic Expressions in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.
In this context, I was invited to be the speaker at the Third Ecumenical Congress “Pray Together for Mexico” that took place in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico on January 25th, 2020 at the end of the Week or Prayer for Christian Unity. This one-day congress gathered lay leaders, Evangelical pastors and Catholic priests to pray for the future of our country.
During my intervention I was able to share with all the 1000 participants about our life in the Sword of the Spirit, our ecumenical call, our convergent ecumenism and, particularly, about “the ecumenism of blood”. Each of the speakers contributed to a brotherly environment of fellowship, understanding, unity and prayer.
We were also able to enjoy a joint music ministry put together from Catholics and Evangelicals who brought their talents together to support the charismatic worship and were part of the “anointing” that was poured by the Holy Spirit that day.
It was a family-celebration, respectful and joyful and I immediately remembered Jesus’ desire and prayer: “May they be one, just like you and I are one”.
I think that by looking at us united as Christians, all those who came together for the congress, God smiled.
Rodolfo Galvan is a coordinator of the “Incienso de Dios” community in Xalapa, Mexico.