By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Jesus Is Alive

Over the weekend, I attended a conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville, the Catholic charismatic university that, in my opinion and in the opinion of many others, is the leading orthodox Catholic university in North America, a university that has been and continues to be an engine for the authentic and profound renewal in the power of the Holy Spirit of the Catholic Church in the United States. The conference was a ''charisms school" in which well over 1,000 people from all over the United States, Canada, and even someone from Ireland attended, many of whom learned to exercise and did exercise the charism of word of knowledge (defined as communicating a meaningful word from the Lord addressing the factual situation of another person without prior, personal knowledge of that situation) and even the charism of healing.

At one point, the entire group renounced the capital sins and other vices (after renewing our Baptismal vows). Apparently, some in the group were released from demonic influence (we were instructed to close our eyes during the prayer of deliverance and renunciation of sins to respect the privacy, reputation, and dignity of others during this time of spiritual liberation). On Saturday night, there was a healing service in which many reported restoration of their hearing and of movement in their hands. I saw the lame run, walk, and even dance. It was an event full of joy and power and gratitude.

Yes, it was an extraordinary weekend. All of the talks and the prayers for deliverance and healing were led by an Englishman, Damian Stayne, who, in 1990, founded the Catholic charismatic community called Cor et Lumen Christi ("The Heart and Light of Christ"). Examine their website at this link. They also recently held the same "charisms school" in the Baltimore area and are now on their way to hold a similar one in the Phoenix/Tempe, Arizona, area and also in San Diego in the coming weeks. Here is the link for information on these upcoming events (scroll down to the lower right hand side of the website). Based on my firsthand experience, I highly recommend any of my readers near or even distant from Phoenix and San Diego to attend in the coming weeks. The dates and details for the Phoenix and San Diego events are at the above link. In addition to the great manifestation of the power of the living Jesus, which is what is absolutely central and most significant, the speaker, Damian Stayne, also happens to be an intelligent, insightful, likeable, and witty speaker of great spiritual depth with his own powerful story of conversion. (Here is the link to a very recent article by Mr. Stayne in a Catholic charismatic website from Britain; the link was sent to me by a friend.) Yes, Jesus is alive!

P.S. At Steubenville, the healing service during the conference was an open, public event which anyone in the area was able to attend, free of charge. I assume the same situation will prevail for the healing services in Phoenix and San Diego. There is also prayer for healing during the service for your friends and relatives who are geographically distant from the conference sites.