I know that my hermanito el gusano won’t like this but here goes. Just my opinion mind you, but the entire Catholic charismatic movement is very recent, past forty years or so and came about apparently when some Catholics feeling perhaps that the Protestants had one up on us, requested baptism of the Holy Spirit from a protestant minister, I don’t remember if he was Episcopalian or Presbyterian, Well, the baptisms apparently worked and the movement was born. Charismatics claim that they are faithfully echoing the primitive church and that the Holy Spirit, long neglected and apparently maligned in mainstream Catholicism was once again showering his gifts among the faithful.
Whether or not He is actually doing that is, I suspect open to debate, What I think has really happened is this.
A group of disgruntled, forward thinking Catholics, bored to death by the latin prayers and probably badly distracted by clacking rosary beads, this is the 60’s remember, saw a really emotional faith filled pentecostal service, they can be very emotional you know, and felt that all the bells and whistles would help a moribound church locked in rigid ritualism and dogma. They neglected the fact that all the bells and whistles, speaking in tongues, prophesyzing, testifying, and other antics common to pentecostal gatherings are there primarily to cover up the fact that they have nothing of any real value to offer anyone except an intense emotional experience. In fact the whole faith filled pentecostal movement itself is very recent, past 100 years or so.
And so today, the charismatics are still among us, even though by their own figures, the movement is no longer growing as it once was.
I hope and pray that they can find whatever it is that they are seeking that the mainstream church apparently doesn’t have.
And hermanito gusano, if you read this, as you once told me I am still probably uncircumsized in ears and heart