Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: Pentecost and the Ecclesial Movements
or associations approved by the Church faithfully adopt the special characteristics of the spiritual life which are proper to them, not separating union with Christ from their own lives, but rather performing their work according to God's and therefore growing in that union.
Come Holy Spirit
Ecclesial movements contribute diversely to the life, renewal and sanctification of God's people. Their institutional and charismatic aspects are therefore essential to the Church's constitution. Through these movements, "there are innumerable opportunities open to the laity for the exercise of their apostolate of evangelization and sanctification" (Apostolicam Acuositatem, Pope Paul VI).
We pray then, with John Paul II, "Come, Holy Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth! Come with your seven gifts! Come, Spirit of Life, Spirit of Communion and Love! The Church and the world need you. Come, Holy Spirit, and make ever more fruitful the charisms you have bestowed on us.
"Give new strength and missionary zeal to these sons and of daughters of yours who have gathered...Open their hearts; renew their Christian commitment in the world. Make them courageous messengers of the Gospel, witnesses to the risen Jesus Christ, the Redeemer and Savior of man. Strengthen their love and their fidelity to the Church" (Speech for the World Congress of Ecclesial Movements, John Paul II).
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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