In the Power of the Holy Spirit: Going to the Father through the Son in the Power of the Holy Spirit

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Chu, Irene
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
One day in 1998 a friend asked me, “Come to our meeting tomorrow evening at 7:30. We have Bible study.” This was the meeting of the Light of Christ charismatic group. This group meets every Thursday evening. On the last Thursday of each month, the group invites Fr. Joe Cadusale to teach a Bible lesson. I went to the meeting and liked it very much and was very much attracted to the joyful songs with their inspirational lyrics. I went to the weekly meetings regularly for three years until I joined another prayer group in the same parish. I, however, did not quit Light of Christ completely. I attended the Bible study session almost every month. I started to attend their meetings more often when this group participated in the Shelter for the Homeless ministry in our parish. Evangelization is the main goal of a charismatic group, and for this reason, studying the teachings of Christ is a must. For catechesis, this group has Bible study session every last Thursday of the month, invites speakers to give talks during regular meetings several times a year, holds prayer breakfast (with a guest speaker) once a year, sponsors healing Mass twice a year, and offers Life in the Spirit Seminars almost every year. I attended my first Life in the Spirit Seminar in 1998. The purpose of the seminar is to impart a thorough understanding of the Catholic charismatic spirituality, bringing the church members to a fuller experience of life in the Spirit, and to redefine the baptismal life that we are given in Christ Jesus. The goal of the Seminar is to develop in a community that evangelizes people at home, at work, at church, and in social situations.