Here are the words from the Lord that we received during our Community meetings in 2016.
Click here for the words from the Lord that we received during our Community General Gatherings during 2015.
In his weekly General Audience yesterday, Pope Francis reminded us that communion among Christians grows when we exercise our charisms selflessly, and poses some charism-related questions for our reflection:
A second aspect of communion in holy things is that of the communion of charisms. The Holy Spirit dispenses to the faithful a multitude of spiritual gifts and graces; this so to speak “fanciful” richness of gifts of the Holy Spirit is aimed at the building of the Church. The charisms – a somewhat difficult word – are presents that the Holy Spirit gives us, abilities, possibilities … Presents given not for them to be hidden, but to share with others. They are not given for the benefit of the one who receives them, but for the benefit of the People of God. If, instead, a charism, one of these presents, serves to affirm the self, we must doubt that it is a genuine charism or that it is faithfully lived. The charisms are particular graces given to some to do good to many others. They are attitudes, inspirations and interior impulses, which are born in the conscience and in the experience of specific persons, who are called to put them at the service of the community. In particular, these spiritual gifts are for the advantage of the sanctity of the Church and of her mission. We are all called to respect them in ourselves and in others, to receive them as useful stimulants for the presence and fecund work of the Church. Saint Paul admonished: “Do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19). Let us not quench the Spirit that gives us these presents, these abilities, these very beautiful virtues that make the Church grow.
What is our attitude in face of these gifts of the Holy Spirit? Are we aware that the Spirit of God is free to give them to whom He wishes? Do we consider them as a spiritual help, through which the Lord sustains our faith and reinforces our mission in the world?
Here’s the video of Tim Staples taking a recent call on the “Catholic Answers Live” radio show on the question of tongues. A good resource to pass on to sceptical Catholics.
We must consider how to rouse one another to love and good works.
Father didn’t refer to this verse at all in his homily, but it really grabbed my attention that evening, and I’ve been allowing it to steep in my heart for the past few days.
I appreciate the use of the word “rouse.” The RSV uses “stir up” and the KJV uses “provoke.”
My reflection on this verse has led me first of all to personal repentance. I am not always open to being ‘roused’ by someone else. I’ll surely hear the Holy Spirit rousing me when necessary, right?…Wrong! I’m already doing plenty of loving and good works, so they should be rousing those who are really slacking, right?…Wrong! Those attitudes indicate an immaturity regarding community relationships. I need to be more receptive.
I’ve also been led to a thankfulness for those who have the courage to do the rousing. I appreciate their willingness to respond to the Holy Spirit in this way. This rousing is a charismatic gift (a type of exhortation, or possibly even prophecy), and I should be grateful that someone is exercising that gift to build up the Body of Christ. When I have been roused by a sister or brother, I should express my gratitude to them.
If I have been roused to some deeper love or good work, and it has produced good fruit in some tangible way, I should be eager to give testimony. I need to recall these instances to build my own faith, and share them to help build the faith of others.
This Scripture verse encourages us to “consider HOW to rouse one another…” Perhaps this is something that could be discussed or taught in a Community setting.
I’d enjoy hearing your ideas on this topic. Feel free to leave a Comment to this post.