Fr Stefan teaching on Charisms,’Soul Institute’ reflection from Paul VI John Paul II The Outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Thoughts, What is the purpose of Charismatic Renewal? For some it is just one type of spirituality among others. This is not true. The Church is charismatic at it source.

Paul VI wrote in June 26, 1974, “We reflect on the mystery of the Spirit’s ‘mission.’ Originating in the bosom of the most Holy Trinity, he falls in an altogether new measure and forms on a little group of Apostles and disciples gathered together with Mary in the Cenacle. Our memory contemplates the extraordinary phenomena which made the event perceptible: the stormy wind and the tongues of fire, followed by the outpouring of words. As in a vision, we see the stream of the Church’s life and history gushing forth from that first Christian community, born with its heart already throbbing. We see it swell and spread throughout the inhabited world. the ‘oikoumene.’ It traverse people and centuries, still full of the limpid, life-giving sap of its origin. With supreme wonder and sublime joy, we see it come right up here to ourselves…What is this light which diffuses and spreads through all the earth? It is Christ, perpetuating himself in the humanity which he has vivified by the Holy Spirit; it is his Church, dwelling in time and extended in the whole world.”

The Church lives by the charims. Charisms means a gift of the Holy Spirit. The Church rest on the charism of truth given to the pope and bishops and all lay faithful. John Paul 11 affirmed this reality when he said, “The institutional and charismatic aspects are co-essential as it were to the Church’s constitution. They contribute although differently, to the life, renewal, and sanctification of God’s people. It is from this providential rediscovery of the Church’s charismatic dimension that before and after the council, a remarkable pattern of growth has been established for ecclesial movements and new communities… You present here, are the tangible proof of this ‘outpouring of the Spirit.’ Today, I would like to cry out to all you gathered here in St Peter’s square and to all Christian: open yourself docilely to the gifts of the Holy Spirit! Accept gratefully and obediently the charims which the Spirit never ceases to bestow on us.”

Paul VI wrote that the first charism is bring in a state of grace. Paul VI wrote in may 25, 1969, ” The first is the field of the individual soul, our interior life, our spiritual being, our person, which is also our ‘ego’ that profound cell of our own existence which is mysterious even to our own minds. The Holy Spirit’s breath enters there, and spreads in the soul with that first and supreme charism which we call grace, and which is like a new life. This immediately makes the soul capable of acts that surpass its natural abilities; that is to say. it confers supernatural powers or virtues upon it. Grace spreads through the network of human psychology with impulses which we call gifts, leading us to act with ease and strength. Grace fills the soul with wonderful spiritual effects which we call Fruits of the Spirit, the first of which are joy and peace. It is normal for the soul filled with grace to experience them. (Gal 14:23) In brief, our human bring, including the body, becomes God’s abode (Jn 14:23) his temple.”

Take away, The first charism is being in a state of grace. It is normal to experience the fruits of the Spirit. This means that we experience the Holy Spirit in a spiritual and physical way.


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