Catholics Take Note- Catholic Charismatic Healer Speaks
Did you know that once you are a baptized Catholic, you are always a Catholic, there is no way to quit, except if the Catholic Church ex-communicates you. So if we can set aside all of your residual Catholic guilt, we can talk for a minute about the question of – Is it a Sin to talk to a Catholic Charismatic Healer/Psychic Medium/Prophet, etc.? That is a great question.
Here is my take on it. In the early days of the church, spiritual gifts were well known and often used. That is what the Pentecost was all about- passing the power of God through the Holy Spirit to those who believe in and follow Jesus Christ.
For the first few centuries of the Church’s history, these gifts (or “charisms”) of the Spirit were very common in the lives of believers. St. Paul lists them in 1 Cor. 12:1-11: wisdom, the word of knowledge, the gift of healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, the ability to discern different spirits and the mysterious gift of tongues and its interpretation. These gifts are the manifestation of the Holy Spirit and are given by God for the common good, as he determines: they are not “earned” or “merited”.
As the church became more institutionalized, the gifts of the Spirit became less common and were seen only in the lives of the great “Saints”. Some, such as St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD) initially thought that they were meant only for the early Church, to “kick-start” her, so to speak. However, he later withdrew this opinion in his Retractions, when he witnessed the gifts in abundance in his Diocese. Later one sees the gifts in evidence in the lives of St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), St. Dominic (1170-1221), St. Catherine of Siena (1330-1380), St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), St. John Bosco (1815 1888), The Cure of Ars (St. John Vianney, 1786-1859) and many others down the centuries. The Cure of Ars is known to have had the gift of tongues.
Richard Schickel has all the gifts of the Holy Spirit as outlined in 1st Corinthians. I credit all of my healings and gifts to God. I just show up and do the work; I am not the source of the energy.
When convoking the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council later that year Pope John prayed specifically for “the Divine Spirit to renew his wonders in our time, as by a ‘New Pentecost.’”
The Council, in essence, was to lay the foundation for this New Pentecost by providing “new wineskins” for the Church (see Mt 9:16-17).
There, before Jesus’ Eucharistic presence, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal was born. They had all been overwhelmed by the majesty, power, and presence of God. The movement spread rapidly throughout the United States and the world. It is estimated that today more than 75 million Catholics worldwide have had contact with this renewal and have experienced their own personal Pentecost.
Papal Quotes on the Catholic Charismatic Movement
Pope Paul VI: During the holy year of 1975, before ten thousand participants of the international Charismatic Conference assembled in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Pope Paul VI described this spiritual renewal as a “chance”, or “opportunity” for the Church.
Pope John Paul II: “For this reason, I also say to you: ‘Open yourselves with docility to the gifts of the Holy Spirit! Receive with gratitude and obedience the charisms that the Spirit does not cease to offer! Do not forget that all charisms are given for the common good that is, for the benefit of the whole Church!” 1998
“The Catholic Charismatic Renewal has helped many Christians to rediscover the presence and power of the Holy Spirit… and this rediscovery has awakened in them faith in Christ filled with joy.” 1998
“Open yourselves meekly to the gifts of the Holy Spirit! Accept with gratitude and obedience the gifts that the Spirit does not cease to give! Do not forget that each charism is given for the common, in other words for the benefit of the Church!” May 2004
“Thanks to the Charismatic Movement, a multitude of Christians, men and women, young people and adults have rediscovered Pentecost as a living reality in their daily lives. I hope that the spirituality of Pentecost will spread in the Church as a renewed incentive to prayer, holiness, communion, and proclamation.” May 29, 2004
Pope Benedict XVI (as Cardinal Ratzinger): “…and the Charismatic Renewal …I think this is a sign of the Springtime and the presence of the Holy Spirit; today will give new charisms and so on. This is for me great hope that not with organization from authorities, but it is the force of the Holy Spirit present in the people.”
Pope Francis speaking on the 50th anniversary of the Charismatic Movement during a Pentecost celebration in June 2017 said that ” Being baptized and knowing how to praise God “are not enough,” if Christians don’t also help those in need. He noted that Catholic Charismatics are spiritually gifted and urged other Catholics to work with them and encourage them. He said that the “gifts they receive from the Holy Spirit are not to be saved or hoarded but to be shared.” (Source:SCRC)
Over the years, I have worked with five orders of nuns and priests, and it was done in secret, because of church disapproval. One time a bishop showed me his proclamation that his flock should not speak to psychics or mediums and I was cast out of the religious community that I was servicing. Still, those nuns who knew what was real continued to secretly receive counseling from me.
Read the Bible and pray and then decide if it “feels right,” to have a reading or healing with me. You are not sinning to reach out to me and be helped and healed. Call Rich Schickel at 520-668-3243and we can get started.