WHAT IS CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL?
"It's a personal experience of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, who brings alive in new ways the graces of our baptism. The Holy Spirit not only sets on fire all that we have already received, but comes again in power to equip us with his gifts for service and mission.
"Charismatic Christianity is normal Christianity, because the Church herself is charismatic, and we were never supposed to live a Christian life without the full presence and power of the Holy Spirit. So the aim of the Renewal is to bring the life of the Holy Spirit into every part of the Church by bringing Him into the life of every Christian man and woman."
- Charles Whitehead KSG,
Former President of International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services
How can I find out more?
CHARIS - NEW INTERNATIONAL SERVICE FOR CHARISMATIC RENEWAL
In Autumn 2018, CHARIS was created as the one single service for Catholic Charismatic Renewal worldwide. This brings together, in response to Pope Francis's request, all the different expressions of Charismatic Renewal within the Church as a "single current of grace", thus reinforcing unity. (See link beneath his picture for full text of Pope Francis's address to CHARIS)
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
One of the reasons why Pope Francis called for the creation of CHARIS, the new one service for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, was his desire that the whole Church come to experience the baptism in the Holy Spirit. He has always expressed very clearly this desire for a new Pentecost for the Church and the world, recently once more at Pentecost 2019 inauguration of CHARIS:
"What does the Pope and the Church expect from this new service, from CHARIS and from the entire Charismatic Renewal? I would ask you to share baptism in the Holy Spirit with everyone in the Church...."
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is an action of God, invited by an individual through prayer, which brings about a deeper conversion to Christ, and which gives the Holy Spirit permission to work in that individual’s life in a more powerful way.
It's not a sacrament, but it re-ignites the graces already given to Christians through the Sacraments. And it’s also a new, fresh experience of the Holy Spirit which equips and inspires the individual for service, for mission, for discipleship and for life. Read more about it HERE
Listen to Michelle Moran speaking about Baptism in the Holy Spirit HERE
Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the Papal household explains that "Catholic theology recognizes the concept of a valid but tied sacrament. A sacrament is called tied if the fruit that should accompany it remains bound because of certain blocks that prevent its effectiveness." He goes on to say that sacraments are not magical rituals that act mechanically, without the person’s knowledge or response. The individual's personal response and faith is needed in order for the grace and power of the sacraments to flow into their life. Read more about the theology HERE
Baptism of Fire. The video below contains moving testimonies of Catholics who have experienced Baptism in the Spirit, plus a very clear explanation from a Franciscan priest. Other videos on this page, and the document on the link below, describe the history of renewal in the Holy Spirit in the Catholic Church.
Alton Day of Renewal
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Alton Day of Renewal
2 videos summarising the first 50 years of Catholic Charismatic Renewal, (1) featuring Popes John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI
(2) featuring Ralph Martin, Kevin and Dorothy Ranaghan.
"Exploring the roots of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal." from Pope Leo XIII to Pope John XXIII, with Patti and Al Mansfield and David Mangan.