Yesterday our team (as well as Nicholas and Leslie) had the opportunity to spend some time with a couple of the Pastors/Priests in Geneva. As you may remember from my blog here on Lusmarina, it is a opportunity for people in the YFC Geneva office to get a little bit better glimpse of some of the streams of within Christianity as they are practiced/experienced in Geneva.
Fr. Antony is one of the priests at Pope John XXIII Centre. It was amazing to listen to him talk about “The Sacremental Life’. As a person who before coming to Geneva spent 32 years in East Africa, he has some real amazing stories. He has also done a significant amount of thinking and work on spiritual direction and the Ignatian Way.
The other person who came to talk to us about “The Spirit-filled Life’ was Philip Kuruvilla, pastor Church for the Nations in Geneva. Coming from a completely different stream, that of the pentacostalism, Phillip shared some of the amazing stories of healing, of release from demonic oppression, of worship, and of freeing the captives of addiction that takes place in his community here in Geneva. Combined with his own personal stories of healing and deliverance, it as a really special time for many on our team who had never hear such stories.
To sum up the experience, I thought I might quote from Merton:
Man, the microcosm, the heart of of the universe, is the one who is called to bring about the fusion of cosmic and historic processes in the final invocation of God’s wisdom and love. In the name of Christ and by his power, Man has a work to accomplish-to offer the cosmos to the Father, by the power of the Spirit, in the Glory of the Word. Our life is a powerful Pentecost in which the Holy Spirit, ever active in us, seeks to reach through our inspired hands and tongues into the very heart of of the material world created to be spiritualized through the work of the Church, the Mystical Body of the Incarnate Word of God.
If I can unite in myself, in my own spiritual life, the thought of the East and the West, of the Greek and Latin Fathers, I will create in myself a reunion of the divided Church, and from that unity in myself can come the exterior and visible unity of the Church. For if we want to bring together East and West, we cannot do it by imposing one upon the other. We must contain both in ourselves and transcend both in Christ.