Charismatic group celebrates 25 years of ‘God’s love’

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MANILA, July 15, 2014— With close to 1,500 people attending, the Children of Light (COL) Community, a Catholic charismatic renewal group based in Oroquieta Street, Santa Cruz, marked its 25th year Saturday, July 12, in a “concert-for-a-cause” that celebrated almost three decades of God’s blessings.

“It has been 25 years, and we are still here, heeding God’s call, proclaiming and spreading the Good News of Christ,” COL media head Peter Garcia told CBCPNews in an interview.

Members of the audience join performers worship God during the "Celebration of Love", a benefit concert produced by the Children of Light (COL) Community for its silver anniversary. (Photo: Aldwin Aspillera)

Concert-for- a-cause

According to Garcia, ticket sales from the concert dubbed “Celebration of Love” will go to the various programs and projects being supported by COL, including its quad-media (community television, radio, print, and internet) ministry, the 35 seminarians whose philosophical and theological studies it helps subsidize, as well as outreach programs for the street people in Ermita’s Nuestra Señora de Guía area.

A 50-year old pious lady with breast cancer started COL in 1989 as a small prayer group in Escolta, Garcia shared.

Her days numbered, Sister Lourdes Carredo prayed to God to be given ten more years, vowing to offer her remaining moments on earth all for His greater glory.

Her wish granted—she died at 61, a year more than she asked for—the sick Carredo had achieved more within a very short period than what most people in the pink of health can do in a lifetime, if at all.

From a small prayer group, her community blossomed, becoming what it is today.

Thanks to Carredo’s inspiration, COL conducts its regular “Life in the Spirit Seminar” through its local chapters in different parts of the Philippines, seeking to introduce the faithful to a charismatic way of worshiping and praising the Lord, Garcia said.

The community also holds “Christ on the Block” program, where members go from house to house promoting the rosary, he added.

Quad media ministry

COL’s feeding program benefits between 300 and 500 indigents, mostly children living on the streets of Ermita and Luneta.

Garcia explained, “Besides giving them free meals, COL teaches these kids to pray and shares with them the Word of God—food for body and soul.”

With the community’s quad-media ministry, COL produces websites, publications, and programs on Radyo Veritas 846 and TV María, which aim to deepen and strengthen the faith of Catholic Filipinos.

COL’s “Know The Truth” TV program and website have been well-received by Catholics worldwide.

With the increasing demands, both physical and financial, from the community’s many commitments, Garcia stated it is only by God’s miracle that COL has managed to stay afloat after 25 years.

“Everyday is a struggle really, but thanks to God we’re still around,” he said.

To know more about COL, visit www.childrenoflightcommunity.com.

For donations, call 733-09-61, 733-09-94, or 353-48-29. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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