Charismatic Catholics: Walking in the Spirit

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  1. Jonathan says:

    I would personally not be too quick to embrace it. Just because a few popes have made allowances and admire the movement does not mean that it is perfectly safe.

    The origins of the movement is in the Pentecostal movement and the practices are unknown in the early church. Before my reversion to the Catholic church (while an evangelical charismatic Baptist) I experienced the baptism in the Holy Spirit, being slain in the Spirit and the gift of tongues. It did not have a lasting impact and most of those who were in that movement have either become atheist or non-practising Christians. What are the fruits? Immediately it may seem fruitful, but what happens in the long term? There is certainly renewal necessary, but I do not think that this is the answer. The worship or God is orderly and the charismatic gifts ought to be used according to His will and not ours.

    We ought to look to the saints and how the charismatic gifts were used. We will notice that holiness was necessary as well as the gift of discernment of spirits. Many in the movement do not discern, but accept whatever word or prophecy that comes their way. Emotionalism is another problem and the attachment to spiritual consolations I suggest a good dose of tradition and reading the lives of the saints and the mystics.

  2. Jael says:

    I really agree with everything you have said here. People definitely do need to discern otherwise some type of idolatry can result I think. An “evangelical charismatic Baptist” – how interesting! I thought Baptists didn’t go in for gifts of the spirit – just shows we learn every day. Thanks for that…