Celebrating A Charismatic Jubilee: A Fresh Look at Charismatic Renewal and the Charismatic Dimension of the Church
Fr. Bob Hogan provides a fresh reflection on the role of the Renewal in the lives of individuals and the life of the church.
In his Introduction Fr. Bob writes,
“I also want to challenge those who have been called to serve the Church through the Catholic Charismatic Renewal not to settle for a narrow vision of the Holy Spirit’s role. As the Catholic Charismatic Renewal celebrates a Jubilee Year, may those involved in this Ecclesial Movement seek to learn from the popes’ and bishops’ messages to the Movement; from the history of Catholic Charismatic Renewal; from our mistakes and failures; and from the many ways that God has used the Renewal for the good of the Church. Come, let us celebrate!” “Come, Holy Spirit, come!”
Fr. Bob addresses how the hierarchical and charismatic dimensions of the Church are co-essential. He does a beautiful job of describing the beginnings of CCR, from the Duquesne Weekend to how things progressed during its rapid growth and how we got to where we are today, 50 years later. He provides a clear description about the “Full Role of the Holy Spirit” that leads to: first, experiencing a deeper union with God; second, an inner transformation that leads to holiness; third, a ministry empowered by charisms for evangelization and service; and fourth, building communities that witness to a renewed Catholic life (as described in the National Service Committee mission statement). Fr. Bob also addresses the struggles of Charismatic Renewal leadership and ministries head-on and provides some wisdom on how to move forward. Fr. Bob provides a clearer understanding of baptism in the Holy Spirit, the use of charisms, and the important role of praise and worship in communities and daily life. In his last chapter, he celebrates with Mary, the model and teacher of charismatic living.
Whether you are new to Charismatic Renewal or have been involved for years, you’ll be able to find new insights and a clearer understanding about the Holy Spirit and Catholic Charismatic Renewal from this book.