The Holy Spirit and Graduation

Jun 15, 2018

The Holy Spirit is the life of the Church and the spiritual life of the individual Christian. In a way, it is like the fuel for the Church.

You and I receive the Holy Spirit when we are baptized, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” The Sacrament of Confirmation, in about half of the Church is celebrated along with Baptism, and is not a Catholic Bar Mitzvah.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches the following about the Sacrament of Confirmation: Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. CCC, #1316

For part of the time when I was the principal of Catholic Central High School in Steubenville, I was, for a short time, the pastor of Servants of Christ the King Parish which was the Diocese’s only Charismatic parish.

The Charismatic Movement, always with the approval of the Catholic Church, began in the early Seventies at Duquesne  University, in Pittsburgh. It spread quickly, and Steubenville became one of the centers of the movement within the Catholic Church.

The movement is based on the belief that God still intends for the Church to use the extraordinary gifts evident in the New Testament, such as tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, healing, etc.

Being their pastor was a great experience for me. Tragically (as I see it now), I was asked to close that parish.



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