I had breakfast this morning with a fellow I know who used to go to a Charismatic prayer group I belong to. We shared a lot of stories and at one point he asked me if I’d ever been slain in the Spirit.
I explained to him that I had been involved in the Pentecostal Church before returning to the Catholic Church and that I had experienced being “slain in the spirit” but that I understood it now as merely an emotional experience.
He seemed bent on convincing me that I should be open to being Slain in the Spirit and said I needed to let go and be open to what the Holy Spirit wants to do in my life. When I suggested that perhaps I am open to the Holy Spirit and perhaps the Holy Spirit doesn’t want me to be slain in the Spirit, he said I was trying to be in control.
I asked him what he would rather have, being slain in the spirit or the Eucharist. He said both.
He could not produce any evidence of being slain in the Spirit from Sacred Scripture or from Sacred Tradition, but insisted that I was not being open to the Holy Spirit.
There was nothing in the conversation about my growth in Holiness. At one point he said “I know you are devout, but…”
I told him that it sounded like he was assuming that something was lacking in my committment to God because I was not open to being slain in the Spirit. And he acknowledged that was exactly what he meant.
I have tried but cannot find any justification in Scripture, Tradition or any official teaching of the Catholic Church for this notion of being slain in the spirit.
If you have any information about this phenomenon, please let me know.