[quote="Dorothy, post:10, topic:296192"]
I agree with what you have said above. I have gained a lot by my participation in Catholic charismatic renewal for many years. We were fortunate to have a holy priest to be our liason with our bishop. He led us in ways so as to avoid pitfalls.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church talks about the charisms of the Holy Spirit....they do exist!
All renewal groups within the Church, whether charismatic or not, need constant renewal and perfecting. Some more than others!
We have a Catholic Church in our area that offers a Healing Prayer Service once a month. They always start with singing praises to God in english occasionally a little bit of "tongues" gets mixed in and then Mass is celebrated. The healing cannont be performed without the Catholic Priest celebrating the Mass. After, The Blessed Sacrament is exposed in Adoration and people go up to the different Healing Prayer groups and can ask for healing.
I have gone a handful of times and only once did one of the healing ministers pray in tongues and that was one of the reasons I went to that group because I wanted to experience that and knew this person had that gift. It was not scary; it was very beautiful.
For more information on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal:
- Great book titled, The Charism of Tongues: A Gift of Prayer and Edification by Father Michael Sears. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are not for our own personal consumption but are to be used to build up the Church and its members for healing, deliverance and to encourage.
- Another great book titled, Sober Intoxication of the Spirit Part Two, Born Again of Water and The Spirit by Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. CAP. 2 paragraphs from this book have special meaning in helping to explain the Catholic Charismatic Renewal:
He describes these healing groups as being "pleasing to Jesus and what makes them so precious to God is their absolute poverty, the fact that they have no past and hardly any future. They are almost a "nothing," like certain life forms that appear in the morning and disappear in the evening, reabsorbed into the great bosom of life, or like a little cloud that calmly disappears from the sky after having poured out all its water."
"Jesus is looking for something that will be useful to him, for an instant, something that wants nothing and asks for nothing in return for pleasing God and for making His power and His wishes shine forth in the world."
He also states in his book, "It was 1975, and I was invited to a prayer group in rome. I came with quite a critical attitude, so the leader was telling people, "Do not go to that friar. He is an enemy of the renewal!" However, seeing a priest among them, some of them asked me to hear their confessions. It was the first real charismatic shock of my life. I had never seen such genuine repentance. Sins seemed to fall away from their souls like stones, and there were tears of joy at the end. I could only say to myself, "God is here!"
- We have to remember that these Gifts of The Holy Spirit that God gives us when we ask are used to Glorify Jesus not us. We are just His empty vessels and we allow His will to be used through us and its His Healing Power not ours that heals the person that is requesting healing.