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Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Louisville at 8702 Summertree Lane, Louisville, KY 40291-3398 US - What is the Catholic Charismatic Renewal?

What is the Catholic Charismatic Renewal?

Many believe that the start of the Charismatic renewal in the Catholic Church is a direct result of Vatican II and Pope John the 23rd' s prayer, "0 Holy Spirit... pour forth the fullness of your gifts... Renew your wonders in this our day as by a new Pentecost. " A very short time after the Pope's prayer a group of professors and students from Duquesne University gathered for a three day retreat at the "Ark and the Dove", a small two story inn about thirty miles north of Pittsburgh, PA. The weekend was almost canceled because of a failure in the water pump but they began to pray and suddenly the water gushed forth and it was decided that the retreat would go on. A birthday party was scheduled but for some strange reason everyone came to the small chapel and as they entered the power of God overwhelmed them and they began to speak in tongues as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance. There were others who received other gifts of the Spirit, Discernment, Prophecy, Wisdom and other gifts. From this small and inconspicuous beginning, the renewal spread through out the world. By 1976 the Charismatic conference at Notre Dame had a record attendance of 30,000. The ultimate approval of the renewal came from Pope Paul the 6th in 1975 at an international conference which convened in Rome. In the first ever address from a pope to a charismatic gathering, the pope pointed to the positive fruit of the renewal and called it a chance for the church and the world." To the 10,000 Charismatics gathered in St. Peter's Basilica he declared. " It will be very fortuitous for our times, for our brothers, that there should be a generation, your generation of young people, who shout out to the world the greatness of the God of Pentecost." Indeed, the Pentecostal movement had arrived in the Roman Catholic Church. Pope John Paul II, following the lead of Pope Paul the 6th has also met with groups of charismatic people and, at one such encounter, said "Remain in an attitude of constant and grateful availability for every gift that the Spirit wishes to pour into your hearts." To date, there have been approximately 100 Million Catholics who have had the Pentecostal experience and it continues to grow through out the world changing the face of the earth for the Glory of God. Sponsored by the Leadership Team of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Louisville, KY Holy Spirit Visits the Catholic Church What is the charismatic renewal? Charismatic renewal flows from personal and communal experiences of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, John and Therese Boucher write in “An Introduction to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.” These experiences often begin with the “release of the Spirit” or “renewal of the Spirit.” the authors say, adding that what Catholics received in the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation are enlivened or rekindled. The Boucher's note that while people’s experiences with the charismatic renewal may differ, four central realities seem to be shared by those involved: Continuous personal conversion to Jesus Christ through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in everyday life. Seeking, receiving, fostering and using the spiritual gifts, or ‘charisms.’ of the Holy Spirit (for example, wisdom, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment of spirits and tongues) in service to the church and the world. Striving to grow in holiness through prayer, reading Scripture, celebrating the sacraments, studying the faith, serving others and working for justice. Working for the evangelization of nominal Christians, the unchurched, cultures and societies. The Boucher's say the charismatic renewal uses scriptural terms when it speaks of the experience of ‘being baptized in the Holy Spirit.’ For example, in each of the four Gospels, John the Baptist promises this renewal to those who become followers of Jesus Christ. (Matt. 3:11; Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16; John 1:33) What happens when you are baptized with the Holy Spirit? The Boucher's say that the Spirit is made manifest and visible through charisms. Speaking in tongues is often the most noticeable manifestation of the Spirit at a charismatic gathering. This charism is a special language of prayer and song. In ‘Christian Initiation and Baptism in the Holy Spirit.’ Fathers Kilian McDonnell and George Montague point out that the four Gospels, Acts of the Apostles and St. Paul’s letters “take for granted that charisms are among the ordinary manifestations of the Christian life.” The authors say that in the early centuries “essential elements of the rite of initiation always included water baptism in the name of Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit. “The energizing power of the Holy Spirit, manifesting itself in a variety of charisms, is not religious fluff. . . Nor does it belong to private piety, but to the public official liturgy of the church,” Fathers McDonnell and Montague write. The Second Vatican Council laid the foundation for today’s charismatic renewal movement. The U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine said in 1969 that “theologically the movement has legitimate reasons of existence. It has a strong biblical basis. It would be difficult to inhibit the working of the Spirit which manifested itself so abundantly in the early church.” Pope John Paul II also has recognized the importance of the charismatic renewal. In 1979, he told the council of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service meeting in Rome: “ I am convinced that this movement is a sign of the Spirit’s action . . . A very important component in the total renewal of the church.” Speaking to members of charismatic renewal movements in 1998, he said: “Open yourselves docilely to the gifts of the Spirit. Accept gratefully and obediently the charisms which the Spirit never ceases to bestow on us.” In 1990 Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly issued pastoral directives for the charismatic renewal in the Archdiocese of Louisville. He wrote: “Members of the charismatic renewal have shown admirable effort in their attempts to live by the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit. Continued prayer, study and service will bring fruit to the work of the renewal, and more importantly to the greater church.” (printed with permission by: The Record. Article written by Angela Partee, Record Special Writer) Charismatic Renewal is a matter of Spirit Printed: October, 2001 For Additional Information Contact: Mary Lynne Fritsch - (502) 239-0208 email: mlandbfritsch@bellsouth.net

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