Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hope Echoes--Charismatic Prayer, Part V

This has become quite a series.  If you want to review part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4 can be viewed by clicking on them.

What is charismatic prayer?  Charismatic prayer differs from traditional Catholic prayer in two ways.  The first way is that charismatic prayer is spontaneous.  By this I mean that charismatic prayer can take many forms.  It can be words, song, Scripture, spiritual reading, or silence.  Charismatic prayer begins with and is centered in praise and thanksgiving to God.  The very rocks and stones themselves would raise up praise to God, but we are so fortunate, so loved, so blessed to be able to praise and worship our God.

The second way that charismatic prayer differs from traditional Catholic prayer is that the prayer is seen as relationship to God.  Charismatic prayer unites the community of pray-ers forming a deep spiritual bond through the uniting face of the Holy Spirit.  Through the Holy Spirit, charismatic prayer causes one to experience Christ as real and present in one's life.  Typically a charismatic prayer community will create a bond through which the Holy Spirit manifests in the gifts or charisms.  The deep outpouring of the Spirit creates love of Scripture, spiritual readings and the desire for an ever closer relationship with God.  Through prayer, the charismatic community forms a deeper unity and bond with God.

This ends part 5.  (Some of the thoughts in this section on charismatic prayer are borrowed from Jane Guenther, of the Catholic Renewal Center for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Give credit where credit is due.)

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