What Does It Mean To Be Charismatic?

This past weekend the S.C. Catholic Charismatic Conference was held in my parish. Near the end of the conference there was a woman dancing in the back during the praise and worship service. I’m sure someone passing by who wasn’t charismatic might have thought there goes those crazymatics again but they couldn’t be further from the truth. The woman had just given a testimony to how the Lord had set her free from anger, hatred and bitterness. She danced because she was full of joy over what the Lord had done for her.
Shouldn’t all of us be more like her? Jesus came so we might have life and have it abundantly. He wants us to be full of joy, full of the spirit. We are a privileged people because of our faith, because of the awesome gifts that God has given us. God has given us His Holy Spirit. How can we not be joyful?
We aren’t crazy or fanatics, just filled with the Holy Spirit. We are trying to live the life God created us to live; to become the people He wants us to be, to serve Him as well as we can and love, worship and praise Him with all of our heart, mind and soul. We are what the Church is called to be, what the early Church was. Read the book of Acts. All of the early Christians were filled with the Holy Spirit or charismatic. It was operating under the power of the Holy Spirit not his own that Peter performed miracles and converted thousands. It was the power of the Holy Spirit that enabled him to overcome the fear that led him to run away in the Garden and deny Jesus that same night. That same Spirit has been poured out on all Catholics who’ve been baptized and confirmed.
We seek to imitate the early Christians and respond to the graces God wants to pour out on us, to allow God to draw us into an intimate relationship with Him, to experience a love and peace that is indescribable. We seek to serve the God who loves us and to use the gifts He poured out on us in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation so that others may know this infinite love. We want to bring people closer to Christ and His Church.
We seek like the Apostles to operate under the power of the Holy Spirit, not our own. It is not about us but about the God who created us to serve Him. It is about the God who sends His Spirit upon us to empower and guide us. It is about the God who longs to bless His people through us.
We live in a world of hurting people. So many people are in pain and Jesus wants to reach out to these people. If our heart aches at the pain people are going through how much more will Jesus’? We are His hands. We are His feet.
We are a people who believe that with God all things are possible. We believe that God’s plan for us is good not woe, that all things work for the good of those who love Him. We believe in a God of infinite love and mercy who yearns ardently to bless people, who passionately desires His people to turn to Him. We believe in Jesus’ promise that we would be clothed with power from on high. We believe that if we are willing to surrender to the Holy Spirit, He will use us in ways beyond our imagination that He will bless people through us, and that healings and wonders will occur. We believe that with the Holy Spirit God always has more to give us, more grace, more love even miracles.
We are a people called by God to be something greater than we’ve ever known. God wants so much more from His Church and people than simply going through the motions and attending mass on Sunday. His desire is to draw all men to Himself in an intimate relationship. He longs for us to know Him and experience His infinite love and mercy. He wants us to worship him with all of our being and to hold nothing back. He wants us to serve Him and glorify Him. He wants all people to be open to His Spirit so that He may bless and direct us. This is the life all Christians not just Charismatics are called to. God has so many blessings He wants to give His people. What are we afraid of? Why do we stay home?


Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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