Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
In light of recent events, Word of Life Executive Board of Directors is temporarily posting this message.
First, we are all heartsick at the information that was disseminated yesterday regarding our Liaison to the Bishop, Rev. David Poulson.
Regarding this situation, we have no details, but we simply are praying and fasting that the Spirit of God's truth prevails in this matter. We are committed to praying and fasting for everyone involved and we trust the Holy Spirit. The Charismatic Renewal in the Erie Diocese is not, nor has it ever been, tied to any one person, regardless of whether they are laity or clergy. The Holy Spirit, which ignited the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church in 1967, while supported by wonderful deacons, priests and nuns, first fell upon the laity and it has been primarily the responsibility of the laity to continue the mission of seeing the Dry Bones (Ezekiel Ch 37) of the Church raised to new life through the Spirit of God being breathed anew into them. God promised it and we are seeing it in the Erie Diocese, praise God. We continue to go forth in the power and strength and love of the Holy Spirit.
My dear brothers and sisters, we have an enemy that would like nothing more than for us to let our eyes and hearts be distracted from continuing to strongly invoke and follow the Holy Spirit in this mission of continued and growing renewal of the Diocesan Church. But we look forward, not backward. And we move forward. We entrust this situation with complete faith and confidence to the Holy Spirit and the Lord.
We continue to serve a Church that is in desperate need of a "New Pentecost" (Pope Saint John XXIII). This is the vision of every Pope since Pope Leo XIII. COME HOLY SPIRIT! and RENEW THE FACE OF THE DIOCESE AND THE EARTH! Our trust is in the Name of The Lord our God. And He is faithful!
Thank you for all of your support of Word of Life Catholic Charismatic Renewal and the work of true renewal within this diocese. Many things are planned for 2018 and we look to 2018 with excited anticipation of seeing the Holy Spirit continue to move upon God's people! May God bless you!
Word of Life Erie Diocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal Center
Board of Directors
Pope St. John XXIII:
“Lord, renew your wonders in our time, as by a new Pentecost.” (p. 33)
Blessed Pope Paul VI:
“We cannot but desire that these graces come – and may God grant it – with abundance. Besides grace, let God’s church be able to obtain and possess the charisms… God grant that the Lord would still increase this rain of charisms to make the church fruitful, beautiful, marvelous and capable of inspiring respect, even the attention and amazement of the profane world, the secular world.” (p. 35)
Pope St. John Paul II:
“… I would like to cry out to all of you gathered here in St. Peter’s Square and to all Christians: Open yourselves docilely to the gifts of the Spirit! Accept gratefully and obediently the charisms which the Spirit never ceases to bestow on us!” (Pentecost vigil in St. Peter’s square, 1998) (p. 35)
“The Holy Spirit, while bestowing diverse ministries in Church communion, enriches it still further with particular gifts or promptings of grace, called charisms…. Even in our own times there is no lack of a fruitful manifestation of various charisms among the faithful, women and men.” (Christifideles Laici) (p.35)
Pope Benedict XVI:
“Let us pray to God the Father, therefore, through our Lord Jesus Christ, in the grace of the Holy Spirit, so that the celebration of the Solemnity of Pentecost may be like an ardent flame and a blustering wind for Christian life and for the mission of the whole Church…. Upon all of you I invoke an outpouring of the gifts of the Spirit, so that in our time too, we may have the experience of a renewed Pentecost. Amen!” (p. 35)
“I expect you to share with everyone in the Church the grace of the baptism in the Holy Spirit (a phrase we find in the Acts of the Apostles).” (p. 36)
“A charism is much more than a personal quality, a predisposition that one can be endowed with: a charism is a grace, a gift bestowed by God the Father, through the action of the Holy Spirit. And it is a gift which is given to someone not because he is better than others or because he deserves: it is a gift that God gives him, because with his freely given love he can place him in service to the entire community, for the good of all.” (p. 36)
“The authentic charisms, therefore, come to be considered as gifts of indispensable importance for the life and mission of the Church.” (Iuvenescit Ecclesia) (p. 37)