Empowerment by the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit in the Sacraments of Initiation:
- In Baptism you were called to share in Christ’s prophetic office - to announce the Gospel and God’s kingdom. You received the virtues (faith, hope, love, and all the other virtues), the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
- In Confirmation you were sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit in order to spread and defend the faith.
- In the Eucharist you are strengthened in the grace of the Holy Spirit and sent forth in mission to the world.
We have all been called, qualified and sent to evangelize. In practice, however, there doesn’t seem to be much of it happening. Perhaps, we need an awakening in the Holy Spirit…
Baptism in the Holy Spirit (also referred to as an Outpouring / Awakening / Effusion)
“I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of His sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Luke 3:16)
“While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for ‘the promise of the Father’ about which you have heard me speak, for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:4-5)
“You have the Holy Spirit, but does the Holy Spirit have you?” - Cardinal Suenens
- Faith of Conviction vs. Faith of Experience
You can receive a gift and not have opened it, not have used it. There is a difference between believing in our head the truths of the faith (ex. Jesus is my Saviour) and experiencing them in our hearts, being possessed by them.
- What is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?
“John Paul II defines it as [a] ‘cause of an ever more profound experience of the presence of Christ.’ The effusion of the Spirit makes present and reactivates our baptism, unleashing the Holy Spirit. It is a call to permanent conversion, as on the day of the Pentecostal descent of the Spirit in Jerusalem. It is a new awareness of the Lordship of Jesus in our life, that Jesus who is Lord, and only through the Spirit can he be loved, adored, proclaimed, witnessed and shared.” (Salvatore Martinez, Renewal in the Spirit, ZENIT, May 31, 2004)
There are many ways this can happen: Life in the Spirit Seminar, Marian consecration, Cursillo weekend, Eucharistic Adoration, conference, prayer meeting, private prayer, etc.
- What are the effects?
“A new awareness of the reality and presence of Jesus Christ in one’s life.”
“Presence of the spiritual gifts once again in the lives of Christians”
“Power for sanctification… the Holy Spirit’s action eliminating sin & bringing a person’s life in order.” (Fr. Francis Martin, Baptism in the Holy Spirit - A Scriptural Foundation, pp 47-48)
“Thanks to the Charismatic Movement, many Christians…
have rediscovered Pentecost as a living and present reality in their daily life.
I desire that the spirituality of Pentecost be spread in the Church,
as a renewed thrust of prayer, holiness, communion and proclamation.” (John Paul II, Audience with Renewal in the Spirit, May 30, 2004)