2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on a small group of catholic students in Duquesne University, USA. The pentecost movement had started in the early 1900’s but led to the formation of new churches. The spiritual impact was not embraced by established denominations but rejected instead. In the 60’s Catholics, Lutherans and Baptists started to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and the so called „Charismatic Movement“ started with spirit-filled Christians remaining in their original churches. The movement grew rapidly and touched thousands spreading all over the world within just a few months. To this day around 250 Million Catholics are part of this movement, numbers growing. Yet in Europe the Charismatic Renewal seems rather stagnant. It is well accepted now by most of the church leadership but at many places overaged, lacking spiritual impact and strategies for growth.
This period of fasting and prayer is a great chance to pray for a fresh wind on the Charismatic Movement and a renewal of the renewal itself.