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"You are dispensers of God's grace, not its arbiters! Don't act like a tollhouse for the Holy Spirit! (Pope Francis)"

The 37th National Assembly of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement was held in Rome Olympic Stadium on June 1, 2014. The theme was "Repent! Believe! Receive the Holy Spirit!
It was attended by the members of the Catholic Charismatic Movement. The presidents of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service attended this great event.
.The gathering was graced by the presence of the Holy Father Pope Francis. The Speakers were Card. Angelo Comastri (Vatican City), Vicar of the Pope for the Vatican City; Card. Agostino Vallini (Vatican City), Vicar of the Pope for the Diocese of Rome; Card. Stanislaw Rylko (Vatican City), President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity; Fr Raniero Cantalamessa (Italy), Preacher to the Papal Hosehold; Fr Kevin Scallon & Sr Briege McKenna (Ireland), Healing Ministry; Ralph Martin (USA), Preaching Ministry; Patti Gallagher Mansfield (USA), Intercession Ministry; Michelle Moran (UK), ICCRS President; Gilberto Gomes Barbosa (Brazil), President of the CFCCCF and Salvatore Martinez (Italy), President of the RnS. To learn more here .

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Catholic News Service talk of Holy Father Pope Francis during World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, July 23-28, Pope Francis Discovers Charismatic Movement a Gift to the Whole Church . Read Click icon to read.

Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI Affirm the Charismatic Renewal

"At the recent "World Youth Day" in Denver I reflected with the young people present on the words of the Lord to the Prophet Isaiah: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" (Is. 6: 8). Pope John Paul II We reflected on these words as applied to vocations to the priesthood and the religious life in the context of the new evangelization. Today it is a fact of the Church's life that many vocations arise and blossom in the heart of the various Movements and Associations. I wish to encourage you to give close attention within the Catholic Charismatic Renewal to this particular mode of God's love for his People. The prayerful response of your members and associates to this grace will be a further, explicit sign of the Renewal's sharing in the life and mission of the Church, the visible body of Christ (Cf. 1Cor. 12: 27)." Address of his Holiness John Paul II to the leaders of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal at Castel Gandolfo, Saturday, 18 September 1993 "

"What we learn in the New Testament on charism, which appeared as visible signs of the coming of the Holy Spirit, is not a historical event of the past, but a reality ever alive.Pope Benedict XVI It is the same divine Spirit, soul of the Church, that acts in every age and those mysterious and effective interventions of the Spirit are manifest in our time in a providential way. The Movements and New Communities are like an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in contemporary society. We can, therefore, rightly say that one of the positive elements and aspects of the Community of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is precisely their emphasis on the charisms or gifts of the Holy Spirit and their merit lies in having recalled their topicality in the Church." Address to the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, Hall of Blessings, Friday,31 October, 2008 Friday, 31 October, 2008.

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President's Message
The Best Kept Secret

It seems to me that one the best kept a secrets in the Catholic Church is the fact that the power of the Holy Spirit is available for you and I through our baptism. (See Luke 3:16)

In baptism we are welcomed into the Church and become part of the family of God. And in baptism we are given the same commission Jesus gave his apostles before his ascension; "Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.' (Matthew 28:19,20)

We are claimed as God's own in our baptism and so through the grace of this sacrament we are 'clothed with power from on high'. (Luke 24:49) This power of the Holy Spirit is given for the purpose of allowing us to respond effectively to our call to evangelize and be holy witnesses to the truth we proclaim.

The Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church is sign of the movement of the Holy Spirit and His desire to equip the Church with the tools and the power it needs to fulfill its mandate in our time.

As John Paul II observed , "the history of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal shows that you have helped many people Deacon Stanto rediscover the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in their lives, in the life of the Church and in the life of the world - a rediscovery which in many of them has led to a faith in Christ filled with joy and enthusiasm, a great love of the Church and a generous dedication to her mission." (message to the International Meeting of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fraternities, June 1, 1998)

When we are brought to an intimate experience of Christ we cannot help but to proclaim him and share the truth we have discovered. However, operating under our own power we would be ineffective and likely become discourage. But operating in the power of the Spirit changes everything. St. Paul reminds us, 'Glory be to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.' (Eph 3:20)

I will close with the plea John Paul II made to all Christians on the Feast of Pentecost, May 30, 1998: 'Open yourselves docilely to the gifts of the Spirit! Accept gratefully and obediently the charisms which the Spirit never ceases to bestow on us! Do not forget that every charism is given for the common good, that is, for the benefit of the whole Church.'

May our openness to the Holy Spirit allow us to powerfully use the gifts so generously given for the renewal of the Church and the glory of God!

Yours in the Spirit,

Brian Sullivan
President:

Message from the Spiritual Director

It is an honor to serve as spiritual director of the CCRSO. I would like to extend a sincere thank-you to Fr. Don Lizotti for his years of dedicated service, and pray many blessings upon him as he continues to serve the Lord.
In starting out in this new capacity of serving the renewal, the words of Samuel come to mind: "Speak, for your s Fr. Lervant is listening" (1 Samuel 3:10). This simple, yet profound prayer, I believe summarizes a mandate for ministering within the CCRSO we must try to catch and clarify a vision for CCRSO so that we can help steward the work of the Spirit in the province and provide an effective support, especially for the prayer groups.
While we serve the Lord in trying times these days, there are many signs that the Lord is continuing to awaken hearts to the gift of the Holy Spirit. Hearts are being touched and lives are being turned over to the Lord. In Sudbury and in the Toronto area as well, a number of prayer groups are experiencing growth, with many new members going through the Life in the Spirit seminars. This is exciting news!
Like Samuel, may we avail ourselves to the working of the Holy Spirit through taking time for listening prayer, to hear Him speak words of encouragement and hope for the future. Together, let's 'prepare the way for the Lord!'
May God bless you,

Fr. Ben St. Croix, CC
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A Seed Grows

Darkness creeps over me
Like the Earth which hides a Seed
My Heart is heavy alone and broken,
Where are You Lord I ask.
Darkness creeps over me
As I wait in the Sound of Silence,
These are the Hidden Years,
But I cling to Hope, to the memory of Your Light.
Days pass to years, and still You are Silent.
Darkness creeps over me
But I feel a new Strength begin to grow.
I know You are there,
But I am Blind, I am Deaf.
Had I not once tasted Your Presence
I would die in this Pain,
Still I know You are there.
Come I beg, come breathe on me,
Come fill my Longing,
And the days still pass to years.
Where is that Fire?
The Fire of Your Love that I once knew.
Slowly I come back to Life
And then You come in all Your Glory.
I Live, I Rejoice, I am Freed,
You are Mine, My Love, My God, My All.
In Your Presence there is no Darkness,
And a New Seed Sprouts upon the Earth.

:Frances Killen
Frances Killen
Elder, CCRSO