A MOMENT OF OPPORTUNITY
by Michelle Moran
On Pentecost day ‘they had all met in one room’ (Acts 2:1). They were expectantly waiting for what the Father had promised. Then ‘suddenly from heaven’ the promised Holy Spirit is poured out and the Church is born.
Pope St John XXIII at the time of Vatican II urged the Church to pray for a new Pentecost and subsequently, in the slipstream of the Council, a group of students at prayer in the Ark and Dove chapel began to experience the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Undoubtedly, things happen when people gather together in prayer. So it is our hope that people from all over the world would continue to meet in the Upper room chapel of the Ark and Dove and pray that the Lord would never cease renewing His wonders today ‘as by a new Pentecost’.
Pope Francis has reminded us that this time after our Golden Jubilee is a good moment to pause and reflect, so we can move forward with even greater strength. Certainly our mission has not ended. Indeed, we are moving into a new phase of our history. Now is the time to ‘widen the space of our tent’ (Isaiah 54:2) The new service of CCR, CHARIS will come into effect at Pentecost 2019. The mission of the Ark and Dove supports the vision of CHARIS. We will all play our part in building deeper communion across the various streams of the Renewal, encouraging everyone to go deeper in the grace of baptism in the Holy Spirit and to manifest the mature fruits.
“HEARTS LIKE WATER”
On February 17, 2018, a handful of Catholic Charismatic Renewal leaders gathered in the chapel at The Ark and The Dove retreat house outside Pittsburgh to celebrate the 51st anniversary of the historic “Duquesne Weekend,” where the Holy Spirit fell in power on a group of college students, as of a new Pentecost, in 1967.
The people gathered for the anniversary event were members of the Board of Directors and the Council of Advisors of The Ark and The Dove Worldwide. This included leaders from around the United States and Brazil, as well as former ICCRS Chairman Michelle Moran from London. They gathered to worship the Lord and listen to His voice as He spoke prophetic words about His plans for the next 50 years of Catholic Charismatic Renewal. They received many prophetic images involving water, including this word from Lamentations 2:19, “Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord.”
The worship leader for this event was Leslie Bertucci, wife of The Ark and The Dove Worldwide Chairman Johnny Bertucci. Immediately upon returning home to New Orleans, Louisiana, Leslie was inspired to write a song whose lyrics came solely from the prophetic words given at the anniversary event. “Hearts Like Water” is the result of that divine inspiration.
As you listen to this song, let the inspired word of God lead you to His throne room. Through your worship, allow yourself to “pour out your heart like water before the Lord,” holding nothing back from Him Who is worthy of all our praise. Come Holy Spirit and renew the face of the earth!