Thought of the Day May 31, 2019 Baptism in the Spirit is for all

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The grace of BIS is both personal and communal. It is given for one's personal renewal as well as the renewal of the Church.  In Acts 2 on the Day of Pentecost the Church was born and the Apostles, Mary, and 120 were baptized in the HS as promised by Jesus. In Acts 4 Peter and John were arrested and threatened for proclaiming that Jesus, in whose name the crippled beggar was healed, was Lord and Messiah. They returned to the community of believers and prayed for a greater gift of boldness. (Acts 4:29-31)

Over the centuries individuals as well as the Church have needed renewal and prayed for such a renewal and revival. Again and again God responded through a fresh release of the HS and his many gifts.

Historically, Pope Leo XIII, under the lead of the HS and the confirming urging of a religious sister wrote an encyclical, asked the universal Church to pray a prayer invoking a fresh outpouring of the HS on individuals, the Church and the world. He dedicated the 20th century to the HS.  This renewal of the BIS first broke out among our Protestant brethren. Then in the early  1960's Pope St John XIII called the Church to pray for a fresh outpouring of the HS so that a new Pentecost can happen today. Our faithful God truly broke through with the teachings flowing from the Second Vatican Council and the fresh outpouring of the HS renewal of people through the BIS. One manifestation is the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, as a result of which it is estimated that over 100 million baptized and confirmed Catholics have been renewed in and by the power of the HS.

Since that fresh manifestation almost 50 years ago the words of 1 Cor 12:4-11 have and are being fulfilled. Many people are moving in the various gifts of the Spirit at different times. There have been new ministries which have risen: healing, deliverance, intercessors prayer, music, etc. There have been many who have and are doing works as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, service to the poor, administrators.

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