1. How a Few College Kids Ignited a Worldwide Charismatic Movement

    How a Few College Kids Ignited a Worldwide Charismatic Movement

    PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Fifty years ago, Catholic Charismatics as a group didn't exist. Today, there are around 120 million of them. Their emergence began when the Holy Spirit came to a dozen or so college-age Catholics in a Pennsylvania forest in February 1967. They were from Pittsburgh's Duquesne University, out to enjoy a spiritual weekend retreat at a place called The Ark & The Dove.

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    1. February 17th through 19th, 1967, was the annual retreat.
    2. As for what he was hearing about the gift of tongues, he was so intrigued.
    3. The presence of God was so thick, so powerful, you could cut it with a knife.
    4. There were all these explosions going on in my body. It just felt like electrical explosions just kept happening. And I had forgotten all about that I had said I wanted dynamite.
    5. It's happened through history to a lot of saints and people like that.
    6. This experience did infuse him with a new dynamism and power in his spiritual life -- or as he puts it.
    7. What I felt that night was that if I could experience the love, the goodness, the sweetness, the mercy of God like that, anyone could.
    8. As we were kneeling, some were weeping.
    9. And I was astounded. I had no idea.
    10. Pope Leo the Thirteenth prayed on December 31, 1900, for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the 20th century.  A number of hours later, less than a day, the Holy Spirit fell in Topeka, Kansas, on Agnes Ozman, and she began singing and praying in tongues.
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