Confession: I’m Charismatic. Like a tongue-speaking, gift-seeking kind of Catholic. Surprised? No need to be!
I happen to live in Southeast Michigan, one of the country’s most ‘Charismatic’ areas in the country. Right in my back yard is the infamous Christ the King Catholic Church, a Catholic parish in the diocese of Lansing. It is home to some of the nation’s most prolific Catholic authors, speakers, radio personalities, and seminary professors.
Blessed? I think yes.
On a personal note, I began to learn about the Charismatic dimension of Christian life about a year after I became Catholic, mainly because I happened to pop into Mass one Saturday in 2007. It was absolutely random.
During Mass, I obviously learned very quickly that Christ the King was a different kind of parish. I came to learn that it is technically a ‘personal prelature’, kind of like a Ukranian Church or a Polish Church. Nobody’s assigned to go there: everybody there probably has to drive past another parish to get there.
You can find out more about Christ the King by visiting their website.
This Spring, Christ the King hosted an “Advanced Charisms Course“, a series of talks – and ‘labs’ – designed for Catholics to learn and begin to exercise the gifts of the Spirit. They have freely made all of the talks available on their podcast stream, which is why I want to share it with you here.
I urge you to take a listen to some of the talks, to learn about the Charismatic dimension of the Church. Even if you are familiar with it, take time to learn. You can download each talk on your iPod. Christ the King also podcasts their homilies and other talks. You can grab their feed here: http://ctkcc.libsyn.com/
***Important Note: this is absolutely not the place to argue about Charismatic renewal. Thanks!****
Talk 1: Introduction to the Charismatic Dimension of Christian Life
In this talk, In the opening talk in this new course, Fr. Ed describes why the nine charismatic gifts listed in I Corinthians 12 are at the heart of the Catholic Church and have been since her beginning. Dr. Healy, who will be doing the “lab” portion of each class, gives the class its homework for the week.
Download Talk 1: http://traffic.libsyn.com/ctkcc/Adv_Charisms_1.mp3
Talk 2: The Gift of Tongues
Fr. Ed discusses the gift of tongues, one of the nine charismatic gifts listed in I Corinthians 12. He describes the four distinct usages of the gift of tongues in the New Testament and why it is very important to distinguish between them. At the end of the talk, he answers questions from the attendees. (The questions, unfortunately, are not picked up very clearly on the recording.)
Download Talk 2: http://traffic.libsyn.com/ctkcc/Adv_Charisms_2.mp3
Talk 3: The “Word” Gifts
Fr. Ed discusses the five “word gifts” listed in I Corinthians 12: word of knowledge, word of wisdom, discernment, interpretation of tongues, and prophecy. Following his talk, Christy Whiting, substituting for Dr. Mary Healy, leads the class in a “lab exercise.”
Download Talk 3: http://traffic.libsyn.com/ctkcc/Adv_Charisms_3.mp3
Talk 4: The Gift of Healing
Fr. Ed discusses the charismatic gift of healing, referring to the action of the Holy Spirit, usually through a willing Christian, that results in the medical healing of a person. Following his talk, Dr. Mary Healy leads the class in a “lab exercise.”
Download Talk 4: http://traffic.libsyn.com/ctkcc/Adv_Charisms_4.mp3
Talk 5: The Gift of Miracles
Fr. Ed discusses the charismatic gift of miracles, defined as the utilization of a gift that results in a non-healing supernatural event with empirical manifestations. Following the talk, Christy Whiting led the participants in a short “lab” session in which they shared the results of last week’s homework.
Download Talk 5: http://traffic.libsyn.com/ctkcc/Advanced_Charisms_5.mp3
Talk 6: The Four Pillars – Eucharistic, Contemplative, Charismatic, & Marian
Fr. Ed reviews some resources to help Catholics better understand and explain to others how the charismatic gifts are rooted in the heart of the Catholic Church. He encourages everyone to not get into an “either-or” approach regarding their spiritual lives, but to embrace all four pillars of the spiritual life identified by Pope John Paul the Great: Eucharistic, contemplative, charismatic, and Marian. He urges everyone to read Scripture regularly as God’s Word forms the foundation for the pillars. He closes by encouraging everyone to say “Yes” to whatever Jesus wants to do in and through us for the sake of His Kingdom. He then takes a few questions before moving on to the lab portion of the class, led by Dr. Mary Healy.
Download Talk 6: http://traffic.libsyn.com/ctkcc/Adv_Charisms_6.mp3