Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) is a sovereign movement of the Holy Spirit within the Catholic Church that seeks to foster an awareness of the gift of Gods Spirit and to help people develop a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
CCR originated in 1967 when some Catholics experienced the presence and power of God working in a new and deeper way in their lives. This experience of God, which they described as being “baptised in the Spirit,” drew them into a far deeper spiritual life than before. They wanted to give their lives more fully to God. They experienced his love more deeply, and appreciated even more deeply the spiritual riches to be found in the Catholic Church.
They discovered, in particular, that God was wanting to be far more active in their lives than they had previously understood. They experienced gifts of the Holy Spirit that enabled them to help and serve others, such as praying for healing, and teaching and preaching in more powerful ways. They found God to be vitally interested and involved in every aspect of their lives, no matter how seemingly minor. God worked in their lives in a powerful way and, through them, healed and transformed others.
CCR has its international office in Rome, and consists of thousands of local prayer groups and communities, as well as special ministries and services, in almost every country around the world.
CCR emphasises the goodness of God, and proclaims, with the Church, that God’s grace is freely given to everyone. Jesus Christ fully revealed God, enabling each person to know God as good, as totally giving, and as one who shares fully in the human experience.
The experience of the first followers of Jesus was that they were empowered by God through the Holy Spirit to live a new kind of life — life in a fuller dimension whereby God’s power worked in them and through them in order to bring God’s love and grace to all who would receive it. Essentially, it is this experience of God that is at the basis of the Catholic faith.
The Church has experienced through the centuries the power of God working in and through imperfect people, all seeking to know God. CCR lies firmly within this tradition.