- Dec 10, 2019
Rather than shunning individuals and movements that at first seem peculiar or different, the lesson of Pentecost is that despite having different parts, “we were all baptized into one body.” And sometimes the force of one of those parts, can serve to strengthen the whole if we allow it the space to operate and grow, including the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
While affirming the Catholic Charismatic Renewal on the feast of Pentecost, Pope Francis was also nudging it to recover more of its social dimension. In defining the renewal in three-fold terms as baptism in the Spirit, praise, and service of humanity, he said all three aspects are indissolubly linked.
What has the Catholic Charismatic Renewal — which turns 50 this year — done for the Church? That question was addressed by some of the Renewal’s leading minds in a symposium that forms part of the Jubilee celebrations in Rome this week. Tonight, Pope Francis addresses them in the Circus Maximus before celebrating Pentecost Mass with them in St. Peter’s Square tomorrow.