THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
Pope Francis says that ALL Christians should be open to spontaneous,
joyful, exultant prayer--the “prayer of praise,”
what we know as charismatic prayer and worship. This is not
just for those in charismatic renewal, but for all.
“Charismatic” prayer and worship is the fruit
of Pentecost, and Pentecost is all about empowerment for worldwide
mission. If we are to be effective evangelizers and empowered
witnesses, we must have the spirit of Pentecost, and that
includes charismatic spirituality.
The New Evangelization includes a re-discovery of what Pentecost
means. This includes not just charismatic prayer, but also
baptism in the Spirit and charismatic gifts, including glossolalia.
Most in the Church know about the sacraments of Baptism and
Confirmation, but not about the adult experience of baptism
in the Spirit. Those in the Church know spiritual gifts to
be the 7 gifts (as listed in Isaiah 11:2-3a), but do not know
the spiritual gifts that are associated with Pentecost (the
main list are the 9 gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10). Catholics
know memorized prayers but are not into spontaneous prayer.
Is it any wonder that many Catholics are weak and nominal
in their faith? Has not the Church become more of an institution
rather than a powerful movement of the Holy Spirit? All this
can be related to a lack of appreciation for what Pentecost
truly is, according to God’s intent. Pentecost needs
to be re-discovered.
Not only should all Christians be open to the prayer of praise,
but all Catholics, if they are to participate fruitfully in
the New Evangelization, should be open to the fullness of
the experience of Pentecost. This is the way God intended
massive worldwide evangelization to be accomplished.
Pope: be open to exultant 'prayer of praise'
All Christians should be open
to spontaneous, joyful, exultant prayerthe “prayer
of praise”Pope Francis said
in his homily at a Mass on January 28.
Reflecting on the day’s reading from the Second Book
of Samuel, which recounting the story of King David dancing
before the Lord, the Pope said that such
joyful manifestations should not be considered appropriate
only for “the Renewal in Spirit folks.” On the
contrary, he insisted, “prayer of praise is a Christian
Pope cautioned the faithful not to be like Michael, Saul’s
daughter, who despised King David for his display. “Well,
you’re able to shout when your team scores a goal, and
you are not able to sing praises to the Lord?” the Pope
Additional sources for this story
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• Pope Francis at daily Mass: the fruitfulness of
praise (Vatican Radio)