Posted March 11, 2015 in The Pope's Corner:
Catholic Charismatic Renewal

by Pope John Paul II.

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal is one of the many fruits of the Second Vatican Council, which, like a new Pentecost, led to an extraordinary flourishing in the Church’s life of groups and movements particularly sensitive to the action of the Spirit.

How can we not give thanks for the precious spiritual fruits that the Renewal has produced in the life of the Church and in the lives of so many people?

How many lay faithful—men, women, young people, adults, and elderly—have been able to experience in their own lives the amazing power of the Spirit and his gifts!

How many people have rediscovered faith, the joy of prayer, the power and beauty of the Word of God, translating all this into generous service in the Church’s mission! How many lives have been profoundly changed!

For all this today, together with you, I wish to praise and thank the Holy Spirit."

Excerpted from an address to the Italian National Service Committee of the Charismatic Renewal in April 1998


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