I am a married Catholic in my mid-50s, with three children and I read recently that it is said that the brain starts to slow down at the age of 45, so it’s time I started to use it! After more 30 years in the public service I am now able to devote time to writing, something that I have always wanted to do. After contemplating various courses, I took the advice of a friend who said the only way to write is to put pen to paper!
So, okay, this isn’t paper, but the New Media is a wondeful place to write. Tweets allow 140 characters of thought to be published across the world in seconds, and blogs proivide an opportunity for a little more depth and discussion. The original title of this blog Catholic Charismatic was inspired by a paper written by Ralph Martin Charismatic and Contemplative: What Would John of the Cross Say? I find that, having been brought up as a child in the pre-Vatican II Church, I really only developed a relationship with Jesus Christ as an adult after coming into contact with the Charismatic Renewal. However, not wanting to take anything at face value, I read much on the Renewal, from Cardinal Suenens to Charles Whitehead.
In 2007 I embarked on a Master’s degree in Theology with the University of Wales, Trinity St David. The title of my dissertation was: The Contribution of the Charismatic Renewal Movement to the Catholic Church: An Evaluation. That allowed me to read widely and contemplate deeply on the subject. I graduated in June 2011 and I have completed my first book Spark of Light about the Catholic Charismatic Renewal which is currently being considered by a publisher. I am now starting work on a second book about evangelisation which has the working title Believe, Repent, Wait, Go!. Please pray that the Holy Spirit inspires my writing and the prospective publisher!
Whilst I am still touched by Charismatic Renewal and its enthusiasm, this is really only a small part of my faith, a part which re-ignited my relationship with Jesus Christ, encouraged me to read the scriptures, to attend Mass more often and to pray more regularly. Leaders of Catholic Charismatic Renewal were recently reminded by Pope Francis to ‘adore God: this is the foundation! To adore God. Seek sanctity in the new life of the Holy Spirit. Be dispensers of the grace of God. Avoid the danger of excessive organisation’. There is far more to the Catholic faith with over 2,000 years of tradition, including the early fathers of the Church which I need to explore.
So, the intention of this blog is simply to share my faith through the New Media. All the thoughts are my own though I try to ensure that they are in keeping with the teaching and tradition of the Catholic Church. If I stray, please point out my errors gently and so I can correct them.
There are more details on the New Evagelisation page which provide my motivation, but simply put, in a world where secular priorities are put before Christ, there is a need to reach out to others and bring them the Light of Christ who is the ‘way, the truth and the life’ (John 14:6).
Do feel free to comment and even if you disagree, please do so with charity.
God bless you for visiting.