Author: Eric S.
My story is about the power of praise and worship. Before I started with our Charismatic community, I was a bit apprehensive about it. Now I am pretty comfortable, and I even joined a worship music band.
I have joined this community through Life in the Spirit Seminar - people from my parish invited me to come. At the seminar, I met the prayer group and was baptized in Spirit. At first, I didn’t feel very different, but things slowly started to change. When people shared the Word of God at the Praise and Worship meetings, I could understand it. It resonated with me, I received it in my heart and grew spiritually. I responded back to the Word because it spoke to me personally. I felt more alive, especially while playing worship music with our band. I came to love the worship songs - when I’d sing them, I’d really mean them. God was reworking me, putting me through paces I didn’t expect...
I used to be afraid to share what I’ve perceived in Spirit. But I was encouraged by others in our community, gradually overcame my bashfulness, and decided that I would not hold back. At first, I wasn’t sure if I was meant to speak out. But then I tried bit by bit– when the Spirit prompted me, I started speaking out, sharing what I’ve received with others. And they’ve affirmed me.
You know, this is not easy for me as I suffer from schizophrenia. Just recently, I’ve gone through an episode and lost my way. I feel like I’ve lost a great deal of the spiritual connection because of that episode. But it is now coming back with Praise and Worship and the kindness of the community.
If you’d ask me what’s next for me, I’d say that I’m not worried about it. I am grateful for what God has already given me in this community that became like a family to me. What a community that is! Its praise and worship of God became my lifeline.
Catholic Charismatic Renewal - Diocese of Colorado Springs
Deacon Chuck Matzker
Bishop Sheridan's Liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal