Proclaiming the Lordship and
Love of Jesus Christ!
Serving Charismatic Catholics in the counties of
San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin.
As a lay organization, the mission of the Charismatic Renewal is:
- To help all people come to know the love of God in their lives as demonstrated through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
- To help our brothers and sisters respond to God's love by loving God in return through a commitment to serve Christ and His Church.
- To assist them to listen and follow the movement of the Holy Spirit at work in their lives.
- To help our brothers and sisters recognize the ministry that God has called them to, and accept the gifts that God desires to bestow upon them for His work in our Church and in our world.
- To lead them to a New Life offered to us by the Holy Spirit.
Pope Francis' Comments and Address
at Charismatic Renewal Convention
"You are dispensers of the grace of God, not controllers! Don't be a customs office to the Holy Spirit!"
Vatican City, June 03, 2014 (Copyright © Zenit.org)
THE HOLY FATHER'S ADDRESS
Dear brothers and sisters!
I thank you so much for your welcome. No doubt someone told the organizers that I very much like this song, "The Lord Jesus Lives" ... When I celebrated holy Mass in Buenos Aires with the Charismatic Renewal, after the consecration and after a few seconds of adoration in tongues, we sang this song with so much joy and force, as you did today. Thank you! I felt at home!
I thank Renewal in the Spirit, the ICCRS and the Catholic Fraternity for this meeting with you, which gives me so much joy. I am grateful also for the presence of the first who had an intense experience of the power of the Holy Spirit; I believe that it was Patty, here ... You, Charismatic Renewal, have received a great gift from the Lord. You were born of the will of the Spirit as "a current of grace in the Church and for the Church." This is your definition: a current of grace.
What is the first gift of the Holy Spirit? The gift of Himself, who is love and makes you enamored of Jesus. And this love changes life. Because of this it is said: "to be born again to life in the Spirit." Jesus said it to Nicodemus. You have received the great gift of the diversity of charisms, diversity that leads to the harmony of the Holy Spirit, to the service of the Church.
When I think of you Charismatics, the image of the Church herself comes to me, but in a particular way: I think of a great orchestra, where every instrument is different from another and the voices are also different, but all are necessary for the harmony of the music. Saint Paul says it in chapter XII of the First Letter to the Corinthians. Therefore, as in an orchestra, no one in the Renewal can think of being more important or greater than another, please! No one can say: "I'm the head." You, as the whole Church, have only one head, only one Lord: the Lord Jesus. Repeat with me: who is the head of the Renewal? The Lord Jesus! Who is the head of the Renewal? [those present]: the Lord Jesus! And we can say this with the strength that the Holy Spirit has given us, because no one can say "Jesus is the Lord" without the Holy Spirit.
As you perhaps know – because news spreads – in the first years of the Charismatic Renewal I did not like Charismatics much. And I said of them: "They seem like a school of samba!" I did not share their way of praying and the many new things that were happening in the Church. Afterwards, I began to know them and in the end I understood the good that Charismatic Renewal does to the Church. And this story, which goes from the "school of samba" forward, ends in a particular way: a few months before taking part in the Conclave, I was appointed by the Episcopal Conference spiritual assistant of Charismatic Renewal in Argentina.
Charismatic Renewal is a great force at the service of the proclamation of the Gospel, in the joy of the Holy Spirit. You received the Holy Spirit that made you discover the love of God for all his children and love of the Word. In the early times it was said that you Charismatics always carried the Bible with you, the New Testament ... Do you still do it today? [the crowd]: Yes?! I'm not so sure. If not, return to this first love; always carry in your pocket, in your bag the Word of God! And read a little piece -- always with the Word of God.
You, people of God, people of the Charismatic Renewal, be careful not to lose the freedom that the Holy Spirit has given you. The danger for the Renewal, as our dear Father Raniero Cantalamessa often says, is that of excessive organization: the danger of excessive organization.
Yes, you need organization, but do not lose the grace of letting God be God! "However, there is no greater freedom than that of letting oneself be carried by the Spirit, refusing to calculate and to control everything, and allow Him to illuminate you, lead you, guide you, and push you where He wishes. He knows well what the need is in every age and moment. This calls to be mysteriously fruitful!" (Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 280).
Archbishop Cordileone is asking local Catholics to pray and sacrifice in 4 ways to protect freedom, marriage and life.
PRAYING TO CHANGE THE CULTURE
My Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Renewal,
I'd like to echo the invitation of Archbishop Cordileone and the rest of the Catholic Bishops of the United States to advance a movement for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty through prayer, penance and sacrifice. Prayers and acts of penance and sacrifice have always been the source of strength for the heroes and champions of our faith. By their lives of prayer and penance, they were able to bring about transformation in the society and culture of their time. As we face similar challenges today, we are once again encouraged to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life, marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty. This call to prayer is prompted by the recent disregard of life through senseless killings and abortions, the HHS Mandate, which would require religious employers to provide employee benefits that are judged to be immoral, and a culture intent on redefining marriage. Our Bishops' invitation to prayer and sacrifice hopes to increase awareness of the Church's challenges and build spiritual stamina among us so that we can be effective and joyful witnesses of the New Evangelization during this Year of Faith and beyond.
Attached is the article, "Praying To Change The Culture", that appeared in Catholic San Francisco. I'd encourage you to read the beautiful write-up that outlines clearly what we should do during this Year of Faith. As members of the SF Renewal, let us support the call of our Bishops by inviting our own families, friends and prayer groups in joining our respective parishes and communities through the following:
- (1) Eucharistic Adoration;
- (2) Prayers of the Faithful at Mass;
- (3) Praying the Rosary;
- (4) Fasting & Abstinence on Fridays; and
- (5) Fortnight For Freedom in June/July.
Thank you and may the Holy Spirit continue to strengthen us in making our faith visible and relevant in the world we live in.
Fr. Ray –
Rev. Raymund Reyes – Liaison,
San Francisco Archdiocese Catholic Charismatic Renewal
"You Will Receive Power"
"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes down
on you; then you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria,
yes, even to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
"Today, millions of Catholics in more than 115 countries are involved in
the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. What accounts for this dramatic
growth? Those involved in the Renewal say that God has touched
them in some profound way, releasing the power of the Holy Spirit in
The goal of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is to serve the mission of the Church by enabling people to live a renewed and Christian life in the power of the Holy Spirit. Every Christian is called to be charismatic – that is, to be equipped with gifts of service for the good of the Church. (1Cor.12)
In the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Catholics speak of being "baptized in the Holy Spirit." This statement does not change the Catholic teaching about the Sacrament of Baptism. It simply means that the power of the Spirit received in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation often awaits a fuller "release" in the lives of many Christians."
Click here to view a video about the History of the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church.
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