Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Deacon Keith Fournier

6/1/2014 (2 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Pope Francis moves in the power of the Holy Spirit. He calls every one of us to do the same. He sees the ecclesial movements as a missionary resource.They are. As a pastor, he wants to ensure that the members of the ecclesial movements do not fall prey to the temptation often faced by enthusiastic movements, to turn inward and become, to use one of his favorite words of warning to the whole Church, self-referential. So, he not only encourages participants - but joins with them and gives them direction.

Pope Francis is a friend and supporter of all of the ecclesial movements in the Catholic Church. So were his predecessors, Saint John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. One of those movements is the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. On Sunday, June 1 and Monday, June 2, 2014, at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, home to massive soccer games, 50,000 people will gather to pray, praise and worship the Lord. They will ask the Lord for a deeper outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church. They will participate in the Holy Eucharist and receive instruction on how to fully live the Catholic Christian Life.They will be enlisted in the missionary work of the Church. On the opening evening of this conference, Pope Francis will speak.
 

Do signs of the Kingdom continue to be manifested in our own day? The answer is YES!  Church history has demonstrated that when the Gospel in its fullness is proclaimed, signs and wonders accompany the Church's apostolic and missionary work. We are living in just such a time.

Do signs of the Kingdom continue to be manifested in our own day? The answer is YES! Church history has demonstrated that when the Gospel in its fullness is proclaimed, signs and wonders accompany the Church's apostolic and missionary work. We are living in just such a time.

Highlights

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/1/2014 (2 months ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: charismatic, pentecostal, charismatic renewal, Italian Charismatic Renewal, miracles, pentecost, ecclesial movements, Pope Francis, Salvatore Martinez, Deacon Keith Fourniere


ROME, Italy (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis is a friend and supporter of all of the ecclesial movements in the Catholic Church. So were his predecessors, Saint John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

One of those movements is the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

On Sunday, June 1 and Monday, June 2, 2014, at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, home to massive soccer games, 50,000 people will gather to pray, praise and worship the Lord. They will ask the Lord for a deeper outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church. They will participate in the Holy Eucharist and receive instruction on how to fully live the Catholic Christian Life.They will be enlisted in the missionary work of the Church.

On the opening evening of this conference, Pope Francis will speak.
 
Participants in the Charismatic Renewal are in love with the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. They not only speak of Jesus as someone who lived over two thousand years ago, they speak of Him as someone who is alive today - because He is! They are often enthusiastic in prayer and praise. They understand that the missionary mandate of the Church is the responsibility of every Catholic, no matter what their state in life or vocation.

No wonder they are viewed by this Pope as a great resource for the Church in its internal work of New Evangelization, as well as her global mission.

Salvatore Martinez, the President of the Organization which leads the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement in Italy, told the Italian press:"At the stadium, there are so many people that cheer on, and hope that the team of the heart scores. Pope Francis wants to score within the hearts of humanity, and that the person who scores is Jesus Christ, and that we can all take the field with him, to play this match. But it's an important match. We're playing for our lives, and for our our eternal lives."

On May 21, 2013, Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis addressed a massive crowd which included the leaders of ecclesial movements, including the charismatic renewal. He told them:

The Holy Spirit draws us into the mystery of the living God and saves us from the threat of a Church which is gnostic and self-referential, closed in on herself; he impels us to open the doors and go forth to proclaim and bear witness to the good news of the Gospel, to communicate the joy of faith, the encounter with Christ. The Holy Spirit is the soul of mission.


The events that took place in Jerusalem almost two thousand years ago are not something far removed from us; they are events which affect us and become a lived experience in each of us. The Pentecost of the Upper Room in Jerusalem is the beginning, a beginning which endures. The Holy Spirit is the supreme gift of the risen Christ to his apostles, yet he wants that gift to reach everyone.

As we heard in the Gospel, Jesus says: "I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to remain with you forever" (Jn 14:16). It is the Paraclete Spirit, the "Comforter", who grants us the courage to take to the streets of the world, bringing the Gospel! The Holy Spirit makes us look to the horizon and drive us to the very outskirts of existence in order to proclaim life in Jesus Christ. Let us ask ourselves: do we tend to stay closed in on ourselves, on our group, or do we let the Holy Spirit open us to mission?


Pope Francis moves in the power of the Holy Spirit. He calls every one of us to do the same. He sees the ecclesial movements as a missionary resource.They are.  As a pastor, he wants to ensure that the members of the ecclesial movements do not fall prey to the temptation often faced by enthusiastic movements, to turn inward and become, to use one of his favorite words of warning to the whole Church, self-referential.

So, he not only encourages participants - but joins with them and gives them direction. 

Over the last few pontificates, the term ecclesial movements has become the term used to refer to these movements. The last three Popes have also used the language of encounter, emphasizing that encountering the Lord is the indispensable beginning of living faith. The term ecclesial movement focuses participants on the Lord and His Church, and not a particular movement.

Enthusiastic Movements come and go, the Church endures.  

Though each movement often has unique charisms, emphases and distinctive missions, they share much in common. They are 'evangelical' in the fullest sense of the word. They all call men and women into an encounter with Jesus Christ which awakens the grace of Baptism within them and changes them from the inside out.

They focus on witness and mission, inviting the men and women of this age into a personal relationship with the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. They proclaim that Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead and is alive in our midst in the Church which He founded. Then, they demonstrate the truth of that claim in their lives. 

They profess that the Pentecost of the Holy Spirit is still happening here and now. They enlist all Catholics, indeed all Christians, into a mission into the world, to take their place in the ongoing redemptive mission of the Lord.

The last conference for ecclesial movements in Rome exceeded over 120,000 representatives from over 150 ecclesial movements in attendance. Francis hopes to unite them - and the entire Church - in the one mission of the Church in this new missionary age. He is always issuing a call for laborers in the vineyard. Pray for this important meeting. Pray for continued growth in the Charismatic renewal and all of the ecclesial movements in the Catholic Church. Pray for this Pope of the Holy Spirit.

Salvatore Martinez also noted:

The Pope wrote a letter titled the Joy of the Gospel. He talked about the need to spread the Gospel through praise, song and prayer. Not to be ashamed of calling yourself a Christian, to proclaim the Gospel as a living person, Jesus himself. We'll have all that here at the stadium, over two days, but especially with the Pope.Yes, we have an economic crisis, a political and moral crisis. But the answer is not among humanity. The solution is not in peace treaties or parliaments. The answer is within our hearts. Here in the stadium, with Pope Francis, we ask people to rediscover their inner life, an inner principle, a principle of a good spiritual life. Once rediscovered and tested, it can then be communicated and passed on to others.

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Tuesday morning, January 28, 2014, in the Vatican's Casa Santa Marta residence chapel. He spoke about prayer. The first reading was drawn from the Second Book of Samuel, where "David danced with all his might before the Lord." He noted that David's prayer of praise, "led him to move beyond all composure" adding, "this was precisely a prayer of praise."

He noted that we often find it easier to understand a prayer of petition, thanksgiving, and adoration. But that, "The Prayer of praise, however, We leave aside - it does not come to us so easily.  "'But, Father! This is for the Renewal in the Spirit folks, not for all Christians!' No! The prayer of praise is a Christian prayer, for all of us. In the Mass, every day, when we sing the Holy, Holy, Holy ... This is a prayer of praise: we praise God for his greatness, because He is great. We say beautiful things to Him, because we happy for His greatness'

Well, you're able to shout when your team scores a goal, and you are not able to sing praises to the Lord? To come out of your shell, ever so slightly, to sing His praise? Praising God is completely gratis. In it we do not ask Him to give us anything: we do not express gratitude for anything He has given; we praise Him!"


On June 1, 2014, the Coliseum in Rome will certainly erupt in such prayers of praise. There may even be some exuberant dancing. Francis, the Pope of the Holy Spirit, will certainly prompt such a response. As the hostility toward Jesus Christ and His Church continues to grow in the West, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to fall afresh upon the whole Church. Such prayer of praise is a gift and a source of encouragement.

We are increasingly being placed at risk for living our faith - at least when we do so in fidelity to the Gospel and the teaching office of the Church. However, the same Holy Spirit which has protected the Church throughout the ages is at work today. We need more and more of the Holy Spirit to do the work entrusted to us as the disciples of Jesus in this Third Christian Millennium. 

Miracles are always occurring. The real question is do we see them? Do we have the eyes of living faith which recognize the hand of the Lord at work? Do we ask for them? Then, if we do see them, are we responding to these great acts of Love? Are we living life differently as a result?

Are we finding the true joy and freedom which comes from repentance and conversion?  Are we sharing that living faith with those around us who hunger to meet the Lord Jesus Christ? Do we believe that the same Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead is at work now, in the Church which is His Body? Do we pray for miracles?

Citing the biblical references to the multiple miraculous healing in the earthly ministry of Jesus - as well as the healing which continued through the ministry of the Apostles in the early Church - the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that miracles are a sign of the Kingdom of God:

"Jesus accompanies his words with many "mighty works and wonders and signs", which manifest that the kingdom is present in him and attest that he was the promised Messiah. The signs worked by Jesus attest that the Father has sent him. They invite belief in him. To those who turn to him in faith, he grants what they ask. So miracles strengthen faith in the One who does his Father's works; they bear witness that he is the Son of God."

"But his miracles can also be occasions for "offense"; they are not intended to satisfy people's curiosity or desire for magic. Despite his evident miracles some people reject Jesus; he is even accused of acting by the power of demons. By freeing some individuals from the earthly evils of hunger, injustice, illness and death, Jesus performed messianic signs. Nevertheless he did not come to abolish all evils here below, but to free men from the gravest slavery, sin, which thwarts them in their vocation as God's sons and causes all forms of human bondage."

"The coming of God's kingdom means the defeat of Satan's: "If it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you." Jesus' exorcisms free some individuals from the domination of demons. They anticipate Jesus' great victory over "the ruler of this world". The kingdom of God will be definitively established through Christ's cross: "God reigned from the wood." (CCC # 547-550)


Do signs of the Kingdom continue to be manifested in our own day? The answer is YES!  Church history has demonstrated that when the Gospel in its fullness is proclaimed, signs and wonders accompany the Church's apostolic and missionary work. We are living in just such a time.

Come, Holy Spirit!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2014
Refugees:
That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
Oceania: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.



Comments


More Europe

Archaeologists find a very different type of 'treasure' - a 2,000-year-old toilet seat Watch

Image of Discovered at Vindolanda fort on Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland, the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Accustomed to finding priceless coins, artwork and historical artifacts, archaeologists in Great Britain have found an altogether different type of treasure - one that was desperately needed in ancient times - a wooden toilet seat, believed to be 2,000 years ... continue reading


Over 1,400 girls raped and abused by Muslims in English town Watch

Image of For more than 12 years a large community of Pakistanis living in England have enjoyed sexually abusing girls while officials turned a blind eye a new report reveals.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Over a 12 year period, hundreds of children were systematically raped, beaten and sex trafficked in a northern English town, and the government commissioned report on the incident reveals that it is still going on today. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This ... continue reading


Guilty? Corruption case moves forward against the head of International Monetary Fund Watch

Image of Christine Legarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund, who is facing charges currently in France.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Christine Legarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and one of the most powerful women in the world, has been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as a French finance minister. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Scandalous details come to light over defrocked nuncio's abuse of young boys Watch

Image of Shoeshine boys int he Dominican Republic say that Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski would cruise the oceanfront promenade and offer them large sums of money for sexual acts.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Loathsome details have come to light over defrocked Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the Vatican's ambassador to the Dominican Republic. Shoeshine boys say that Wesolowski would cruise the oceanfront promenade and offer them large sums of money for sexual ... continue reading


Archbishop appeals his defrocking for sexual abuse allegedly committed in Dominican Republic Watch

Image of If found guilty in a criminal trial, Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski could risk extradition to the Dominican Republic, which has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the case.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, from Poland, is accused of child sex abuse while he served in the Dominican Republic. He has since appealed against a Roman Catholic tribunal's decision to defrock him, according to the Vatican. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


SHOCKING: Are there more British Muslims fighting for the Islamic State than for British military? Watch

Image of Many young men facing poor job prospects in the U.K. find the IS narrative of defending Islam hard to resist.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's a shocking figure that has many questioning immigration laws. Britain's Ministry of Defense has confirmed that there are approximately 600 British Muslim service members in its armed forces of almost 200,000 people. In a momentous slap to the West - and ... continue reading


British Archbishop demands Muslim leaders enforce discipline on youth or face the consequences Watch

Image of George Carey, a former Archbishop recently spoke on the dangers of the Islamic State, as well as the British Muslims who go overseas to fight for it.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A former Archbishop of Canterbury has called for Britons that are fighting for the Islamic State to be banished from Britain. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Lord George Carey of Clifton said that Muslims must  discipline their young people, or see them ... continue reading


Pontifical Council Statement on the Violence in Iraq Watch

Image of Let us therefore unite our voices with that of Pope Francis:

By Vatican Radio

No cause, and certainly no religion, can justify such barbarity. This constitutes an extremely serious offense to humanity and to God who is the Creator, as Pope Francis has often reminded us. VATICAN CITY (Vatican Radio) - The Pontifical Council for Interreligious ... continue reading


British rapper makes 14-year-old girl post sex video online Watch

Image of The girl, who can't be named for legal reasons, accepted a friend request from rapper Logik, whose real name is Kyle Burns.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It was a sick incident that highlights what's going on around the eyes and ears of semi-attentive parents. A British rapper who goes under the stage name of "Logik" asked a 14-year-old girl to pose an indecent 60-second video of herself to which he promised ... continue reading


A new tomb may be the burial place of Alexander the Great Watch

Image of This road leads up to a newly discovered tomb which could hold the remains of one of Alexander the Great's generals.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Archaeologists in Greece have discovered an immense tomb that they believe may be connected with Alexander the Great, whose conquests stretched from Greece to India. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This tomb, which dates to around 300 BC, may have held the body ... continue reading


All Europe News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 1:1-9
1 Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
2 Day after day I shall bless you, I shall praise ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 24:42-51
42 'So stay awake, because you do not know the day ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 28th, 2014 Image

St. Augustine of Hippo
August 28: St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter