The Soul Institute is a fruit of an inspiration of the Holy Spirit. St Augustine wrote, “What the soul is to the body the Holy Spirit is to the Church. The Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church.”
The Holy Spirit is the life of the Church. Paul VI was found of this quote by St Augustine in describing the Holy Spirit relationship with the Church, “The Christian ought to fear nothing so much as separation from the Body of Christ. If, indeed, one is separated from the body of Christ, he is no longer his member; if he is not his member, he is no longer nourished by his spirit.” The Holy Spirit is the life of the Church. St Augustine says, “We have the Holy Spirit to the degree that we love unity. We have the Holy Spirit to the degree that we love the Church.”
The Charismatic Church and the Visible Church are not two churches. No one can claim to be lead by the Holy Spirit can disdain the authority of the Church. As Pope Paul VI said that the authority of Bishops also rest on the Holy Spirit charism of teaching. The Holy Spirit is a spirit of unity. The same Holy Spirit that fills the Church is the same Holy Spirit that fills the heart of every believer.
Let us listen to Paul VI, “How can we fail to remind you all that this ineffable encounter with the Holy Spirit is normally and authoritatively conditioned for us by adherence to the visible and hierarchical Church,.i.e. the ecclesiastical ministry…The Holy Spirit can pour himself forth as he wishes: ‘the Spirit breathes where he wills.’ (Jn 3:8) But we must wait for him and look for him there where Christ promised that he would be communicated and conferred. It is always worthwhile to recall the wise words of Saint Augustine which reminds us of the essential connection between the visible and human body of the Church and her invisible and divine animation.(Holy Spirit.” (Paul VI MAY 20, 1964)
What the Soul Institute hopes to accomplish. First a renewed interest in the Church concerning the charisms.
Secondly, authentic teaching of the charisms. St Paul said twice, “I do not want you to be ignorant about the spiritual gifts. (charisms.)”
How we hope to accomplish this goal. Firstly, teaching priests and seminarians about the charisms. This is to root the soul institute squarely in the heart of the Church. Secondly to teach God’s People about the charisms and how to discern and use the charisms. For example, those who have the charims of intercession will come together, (This coming together a necessary element of use of charims, and that is community. Charisms are meant to be used in the context of a community.) and learn about the charisms. While it is true that charisms are gifts of the Holy Spirit it is also true that we can learn how to use them and how to use them properly. (Paul VI refers to charisms as virtues. Every virtue like every charisms involves both God and man working together.)
There are 3 steps, community, charisms and new evangelization.