Life in the Spirit Comes to High School

FGRHS Life in the Spirit Seminar_Ralph gave final talk
Students listen as Ralph delivers the final session of a Life in the Spirit Seminar.

Ralph Martin share the following report in Renewal Ministries’ July 2017 newsletter.

An entire senior class of local high school students recently had the opportunity to participate in a Life in the Spirit seminar, thanks to the inspiration and action of one of their fellow students.

The student, from Father Gabriel Richard in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was inspired by her own participation in a local celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. She went back to her school and proposed that the whole senior class be given an opportunity, during school time, to go through a Life in the Spirit Seminar, where they would be offered the opportunity to commit their lives more fully to Jesus and pray for a release of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

To her and everyone’s amazement, the administration and faculty agreed, even to the point of giving up class time so this could happen. I was privileged to give the final session of the seminar, and about ninety-five seniors were there for the conclusion. Many graces were poured out.

What lesson can we draw from this? Step out, launch out into the deep, and follow the inspirations the Holy Spirit give us!

Ralph Martin

Ralph Martin is president of Renewal Ministries. He also hosts The Choices We Face, a widely viewed weekly Catholic television and radio program distributed throughout the world. Ralph holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome and is a professor and the director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was named by Pope Benedict XVI as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization and was also appointed as a “peritus” to the Synod on the New Evangelization. Ralph is the author of a number of books, the most recent of which are The Urgency of the New Evangelization, The Fulfillment of All Desire, and Will Many Be Saved? He and his wife Anne have six children and sixteen grandchildren and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.