Problems people claim to have with the Renewal
The person asserts that asking for charisms is prideful
St. Paul in I Corinthians 14 tells us to desire the charisms. Why? Because our religion is not merely one of words, but one that celebrates the supernatural intervention of God in human history, primarily in the resurrection, but also the continuation of resurrection power as manifested in the charisms.
Are the charisms the only means of God's connection to us? Of course not. They are not even the most important, but they have been seen fit by God to be considered essential to the full vitality of the church. Charisms are no substitute for holiness, but they can lead to holiness.
The use of charisms, as with the presence of apparitions, or effectiveness in prayer, or any other spiritual treasure, can be an opportunity for pride. Human beings will always find ways to be proud in every human endeavor, no matter how spiritual. We suspect that Mother Teresa had to confess sins of pride because she became so famous for her work. She acknowledges that she went to confession every week so we know that she did sin at least every week. It would be quite un-human of her not to have had pride as one of those sins. But obviously, she was not supposed to stop serving the poor just because she had temptations to pride about it. So also, we are not supposed to stop seeking charisms just because sometimes we get prideful about being used by God in such wonderful ways.
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