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Why am I a catholic?

Catholic Charismatic Renewal

12th December 2009


How I became a catholic?
My family conversion
Turning point in my life …
Life in the Spirit Seminar 1997
What the pope says
● How then could this "spiritual renewal" not be "a
chance" for the church and for the world? And
how, in this case, could one not take all the
means to ensure that it remains so? [...] Nothing
is more necessary for such a world, more and
more secularized, than the testimony of this
"spiritual renewal", which we see the Holy Spirit
bring about today in the most diverse regions
and environments. Its manifestations are varied:
deep communion of souls, close contact with
God in faithfulness to the commitments
undertaken at Baptism, in prayer that is often
community prayer, in which each one,
expressing himself freely, helps, supports and
nourishes the prayer of others, and, at the basis
of everything, a personal conviction. This
conviction has its source not only in instruction
received by faith but also in a certain experience
of real life, namely, that without God, man can
do nothing, that with him, on the contrary,
everything becomes possible.
● Pope Paul VI
What the Pope Says
● The Church and the world need saints!
And all the baptized without exception
are called to be saints! [...] Let your
communities, therefore, be more and
more "genuine schools of prayer, where
the meeting with Christ is expressed not
just in imploring help but also in
thanksgiving, praise, adoration,
contemplation, listening and ardent
devotion, until the heart truly "falls in
love". For this is what the saints are:
people who have fallen in love with
Christ. And this is why the Charismatic
Renewal has been such a gift to the
Church: it has led a host of men and
women, young and old, into this
experience of the love which is stronger
than death.
● Pope John Paul II
What the Pope Says
● "The period following the Council
scarcely seemed to live up to the hopes
of John XXIII, who looked for a ‘new
Pentecost’. But his prayer did not go
unheard. In the heart of a world
desiccated by rationalistic scepticism a
new experience of the Holy Spirit has
come about, amounting to a worldwide
renewal movement. What the New
Testament describes, with reference to
the charisms, as visible signs of the
coming of the Spirit is no longer merely
ancient, past history - this history is
becoming a burning reality today."
(p.151).
● Cardinal Ratzinger – now Pope
Benedict XVI
An Ancient Prayer to the Holy Spirit
● Come Holy Spirit, fill the heart of Your faithful
and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send
forth Your Spirit, O Lord, and they shall be
created, and You shall renew the face of the
earth.
Renewal is not just about the Holy
Spirit
● Holy Spirit comes to lead us to Jesus that we
may have fellowship with the Father
● Love is never alone, Holy Spirit is the bond of
Love between the Father and the Son
Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
● Baptism of the Holy Spirit is necessary for
an authentic Christian life
● Jesus came to baptize with the Holy Spirit
● CCC 2671 […] But the simplest and most
direct prayer is also traditional, "Come,
Holy Spirit," and every liturgical tradition
has developed it in antiphons and hymns.
● Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your
faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your
love.
● Heavenly King, Consoler Spirit, Spirit of
Truth, present everywhere and filling all
things, treasure of all good and source of
all life, come dwell in us, cleanse and save
us, you who are All Good.
Effect of the Outpouring of the Holy
Spirit
● … and enkindle in them the fire of Your Love.
● The Holy Spirit purifies
● The Holy Spirit helps us to love
● The Holy Spirit unites
God's plan for us ...
● … they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth
● The purpose of all these is: a new creation, a new heaven and a new
earth.
● “But according to his promise we wait for new heavens and a new
earth in which righteousness dwells.” 2 Pet 3:13
The Essential and the Non-Essential
● Baptism of the Holy ● Raising of hands
Spirit ● Singing, clapping
● Ongoing conversion to hands, jumping
Jesus
● Receptivity to the Holy
● Speaking in tongues
Spirit ● Use of contemporary
● Use of charisms to music for Praise and
build the Church Worship
● Evangelization
● Ongoing growth in
holiness
Fruits of the Renewal
● Desire to pray ● Love the priests
● Love for the Eucharist ● Love to do God's will
● Love for the Word of ● Love to serve in ministry
God ● Desire for Christian unity
● Love the Church ● Desire to evangelize
● Love mother Mary ● Longing to use charisms
● Love for sacraments
● Desire for holiness
● Awareness of sins,
repentance
Why am I a Catholic?

You did not choose me, but I chose you and


appointed you that you should go and bear fruit
and that your fruit should abide

John 15:16

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