Come Holy Spirit. . . and renew the face of the earth.
On August 21, 2005, representatives of various eccesial movements gathered at Cathedral to share information about those movements. In anticipation of that gathering, I was asked to write an article for Dove-net on the influence of the Charismatic Renewal on the Koinonia Movement. In that article I quoted a priest friend who said the Charismatic Renewal would eventually end when the whole Church is renewed. And while it is pretty obvious to many of us that the complete renewal of the Church is still going on, I witnessed much of that renewal process at the gathering in August.
The Catholic faith has always been a significant and important part of my life, although there have been several lapses during my 64 years, Beeing Catholic is an on-going process of growth, and growing most often takes place thtough participation in movements suchas the ones witnessed to.
From the Charismatic Renewal, to Cursillo, Koinonia, Knights of Columbus, and others, those who spoke on behalf of the ministries reflected, in my opinion, the growth of the Holy Spirit in all of those areas, and more. I came away from that meeting with a much greater realization that our Church really is being renewed. Quite possibly never in the history of the Church has there been as many ways in which our faith can be inspired, encouraged, and nurtured, and in which we can reach out to others and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. What a blessing!
Even as I reflect on the impact of those many and varied movements and the blessings they bring to our Church, I realize that they also present a challenge to go out and live the Gospel of Matthew 28: 19-20: “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing then in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them all that I have commanded you.” And as we seek ways to do that, through the programs and ministries available to us, we can do so in confidence because of verse 20: “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
Deacon Vince Beckley lives in Menominee and is assigned to Resurrection Parish
From the Diocese of Marquette Michigan, U.P. Catholic Charismatic Newsletter (Fall/Winter 2005) .