From today's Gospel:
... while Jesus after his baptism was at prayer, heaven opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in physical form, like a dove. ...
Luke 3: 21-22
I am so dismayed at the negative comments expressed in this thread by some of the posters, that I decided to break my decision to not post in the forums.
I have had limited, but excellent experiences with the Charismatic movement. In October, 2010, I attended the regional Illinois Charismatic Conference which was amazing and truly one of the most profound experiences of my life ( and that's saying a lot). There were none of the experiences other posters described at this event, other than some speaking in tongues which was done very respectfully and fairly quietly. I then attended a charismatic prayer group led by 2 ladies that have been with the Charismatic Renewal since the beginning. I have never experienced a holier prayer group than this (my attendance was only interrupted because I was quite ill for several months.) The group now has been joined by one of the main deacons from Holy Name Cathedral (so I would guess that he finds it prayerful and orthodox). And, I also attended the Charismatic Mass at Holy Name Cathedral on the feast of Christ the King this year. Everyone was extremely prayerful, respectful, and in proper decorum in the Church (unlike some priests who attended a Mass that preceded the Charismatic Mass. Their Mass was presided over and attended by a religious order of very orthodox priests and their friends and congregation who asked to have this special Mass held at the Cathedral. When the Charismatic Mass was starting, a group of about 5-6 of these priests (in long black cassocks) remained in the Church socializing (about 4 feet from where I sat) loudly talking and laughing even though the Charismatic Mass was starting. They did this for about 7 minutes despite repeated looks from those of us trying to focus in on the Mass. I am not naming this order of priests, but the behavior of these 5-6 priests was shameful and disrespectful to the Charismatic Mass starting. No bad behavior was exhibited by any of the attendees at the Charismatic Mass which was presided over by the priest who is the Liaison to the Archdiocese for the Charismatic Renewal of Chicago and who also presides over his own 2 parishes which are in the process of being consolidated. And, he has been a part of the Charismatic Renewal since it's inception.)
So, all of my experiences with the Charismatic Renewal (2010 - present) have been excellent, and I am a devout, traditional Catholic living my life in obedience to the Magisterium of the Church. I'm sure it is possible that there has been some bad behavior somewhere in the Charismatic services just as I witnessed bad behavior by these very conservative priests . This is because we are all sinners. But, these extremely negative generalizations about Charismatic prayer groups, Masses, conferences, etc. in this forum or any forum is WRONG and unChristian. Our Church is a big one that has room for many diverse ways of praying. It is NOT exclusionary and neither should its members be so judgemental about their fellow Catholics and the Charismatic movement. I would hope that those of you who have made these negative comments would pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance. And, you might seriously want to consider attending a Charismatic prayer group or Mass as it just might bring you closer to God!