The picture above shows Fr. Mathias Thelen of Encounter Ministries praying for someone at a charismatic Catholic gathering in Ottawa in late August.
In writing for the Catholic papers, and coming in contact with all kinds of different communities within the Catholic Church, I have been greatly blessed by exposure to the many different charisms of diverse communities and apostolates in the Body of Christ.
I wish sometimes that all Catholics could have the same kind of exposure I have had. There is all the diversity inside the Catholic Church that I had found in the Protestant world, though unified around the Pope. Some communities are charismatic and favor contemporary worship songs, and experiences of the Holy Spirit.
Some are more traditional like our little parish in Ottawa.
Some communities are composed of social justice Catholics deeply committed to serving the poor and cleaning up the environment; others stress an intellectual approach to studying doctrine and Church history; and some communities cater to cradle Catholics who have grown accustomed to a certain way of doing things.
We have Catholics who are warm and loving but need to discipline their experience of the Holy Spirit with sound doctrine; we have Catholics who are steeped in sound doctrine but come across as dry and perhaps need to experience God’s love in a more direct way in order to better share it; we have Catholics who care so much about helping the poor that they forget to keep Christ at the centre and risk becoming like any other NGO.
Where do we in the ordinariates stand and where do we need to grow spiritually?