Life in the Spirit

Prayer Group

This is a microsite created by the Life in the Spirit Prayer Group, members of St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Farnham, Surrey, England. Visit the main Parish Website HERE

Church teaching on renewal

Popes and renewal

Charisms of the Holy Spirit

Renewal in the Holy Spirit

'There are sacramental graces, gifts proper to the different sacraments. There are furthermore special graces, also called charisms after the Greek term used by St. Paul and meaning "favour," "gratuitous gift," "benefit."

'Whatever their character - sometimes it is extraordinary, such as the gift of miracles or of tongues - charisms are oriented toward sanctifying grace and are intended for the common good of the Church. They are at the service of charity which builds up the Church.'

- Catechism of the Catholic Church #2003

'Whether these charisms be very remarkable or more simple and widely diffused, they are to be received with thanksgiving and consolation since they are fitting and useful for the needs of the Church. Extraordinary gifts are not to be rashly desired nor is it from them that the fruits of apostolic labours are to be presumptuously expected. Those who have charge over the Church should judge the genuineness and proper use of these gifts, through their office, not indeed to extinguish the Spirit but to test all things and hold fast to what is good (cf. 1 Thes. 5:12, 19- 21).'

- Vatican 2 document Lumen Gentium 12

“Listen to the Holy Spirit because he is giving people the good news that God loves them and can renew, purify and transform their lives.” – Pope Francis, 8th May 2013

"Charismatic Renewal is a great force at the service of the proclamation of the Gospel, in the joy of the Holy Spirit." - Pope Francis

"How could this 'spiritual renewal' not be a chance for the Church and the world? And how, in this case could one not take all the means to ensure that it remains so..." - Pope Paul VI, May 19, 1975

"I am convinced that this movement is a very important component of the entire renewal of the Church."  - Pope John Paul II, December 11, 1979

What are the charisms of the Holy Spirit? Answers here

Frequently asked questions

about charisms, including:

What is the difference between the traditional "gifts of the Holy Spirit" and charisms?

How do charisms differ from natural talents?

Why should I discern my charisms?

Answers here

Pope Francis reflects on the charisms

Report here

Why do I need the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?

Answers here

What is the gift of tongues?

Answers here

What is the gift of Prophecy?

Answers here

What is the gift of healing?

Video here


2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, an important movement in the Catholic Church which has refreshed the spiritual life of an estimated 160 million Catholics worldwide.

There were great celebrations in Rome with Pope Francis and over 50,000 Catholics of all ages from 127 countries, plus 819 clergy and many guests from other Christian churches.Jubilee website.

Some people still regard it with some suspicion, yet Charismatic Renewal is officially recognised under Canon law, and accepted by the Church Authorities as a valid work of the Holy Spirit and a source of great blessing for individuals and the Church as a whole.

​​Follow this link for an article on the history of Charismatic Renewal and an explanation of what the Pope calls "a particular gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church."  Also, see other quotes from Popes and Church teachings at the bottom of this page.

For opportunities to find out more, come to the Wednesday evening Prayer Group. More details here.

How can we receive new life in the Holy Spirit?

WHY JESUS? Young people -

watch the video here

Is the Pope a Charismatic?

Read a fascinating article from Premier Christianity HERE

Come, Holy Spirit!

Fill the hearts of your faithful.

Kindle in them the fire of your love...
...and renew the face of the earth!