Leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ
CCRSO is the official shepherding body of the provincial Renewal as mandated by the Ontario Bishops
"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!
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 . 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). Address of his Holiness John Paul II to the leaders of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal at Castel Gandolfo, Saturday, 18 September 1993 "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)."
"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.Address to the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships, Hall of Blessings, Friday,31 October, 2008 Friday, 31 October, 2008.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."
Message from Our Board
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 to 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,
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.
Fr. Ben St. Croix, CC
God bless you as you continue your journey with us.
A Seed Grows
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