Along with several other denominations, Charismatic Renewal got under way in the Catholic Church in the early 1970s and is still going strong today. The renewal is a movement of the Holy Spirit, who is reminding us all that the gifts of the spirit so evident at Pentecost and in the early years of the church are still available to all of us today, not just priests and religious.
Too often we can fall into the trap of believing that the spiritual gifts are only available to special people, but this is not what we find in the Scriptures. The 'Baptism in the Spirit' is available to all who seek it with a good heart. The Holy Spirit is still capable of working miracles through faithful believers today.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal is co-ordinated in England by the National Service Committee, and similar committees exist in most other countries. They publish the magazine Good News, which can be viewed online.
Representatives of the Renewal Movement have strong links with the Hierarchy of England and Wales and the Vatican.
There a several lay orders that support the Charismatic Renewal. Links to these are provided below.
The Charismatic Renewal also offers special retreats and events for men. See the Harvesters website.