The pope said he expects the movement to share Baptism in the Holy Spirit with everyone in the Church: "it is the grace that you have received. Share it! Do not keep if for yourself!"
He also asked them to serve the unity of the body of Christ and to serve the poor.
"These three things: Baptism in the Holy Spirit, unity of the Body of Christ and service to the poor, are the necessary testimony for the evangelization of the world, to which we are all called for our Baptism," he said.
Smith described the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the context of Confirmation, which he said, "is a gift of a deeper experience of the Holy Spirit." And just like any gift one receives, "it is worthless unless you do something."
"You have to take it, you have to open it, you have to see what it is, you have to make it part of your life," he noted. "And when you do, that gift comes alive for you. The same thing happens with the gift of faith." The charismatic renewal helps people to have a "vivified, living faith."
"God is not just a philosophical reality... God becomes like a close friend in the sense that you experience him," he said. "This is all fundamentally part of our faith life."
"I've bumped into certain groups of Catholics who say, well [the renewal] is Protestant. My reaction to that is no, that's been Catholic from the beginning," Smith argued. While the Catholic Charismatic Renewal has been around for just 52 years, the bishop said what the renewal promotes can be seen even in the writings of the early Church Fathers and in the lives of saints.
For Catholics who would like to have a deeper experience of the Holy Spirit this Pentecost, Smith said there is not a set formula except for simply placing one's self in God's presence. If there is some obstacle to communion with God, something one needs to repent of, do that, he said, and then "just ask God to reveal himself more closely to you, to make the Holy Spirit come alive within you."
"Countless people, myself included, we were good Catholics, always lived the Church's teaching," he noted, "but there comes a point where you can say, Lord, I want more."
Most people, he said, will never have one of "these St. Paul moments" where you are going about your life and "wham, you have this incredible experience."
For most people, "we begin to pray, you surrender your life to God, you ask the Holy Spirit to be more a part of your life, and you begin to see things happen."
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It can be summed up by thinking about the universal call to live and proclaim the Gospel. "We can't do that on our own, nobody can. We fall short," he explained. "So, God in his mercy gives us the Holy Spirit, which makes Christ present in us in a much deeper way and strengthens us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit... so that we can live as he calls us to."
"That is why people who experience this often have their faith come alive," he said.
Hannah Brockhaus is Catholic News Agency's senior Rome correspondent. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and has a degree in English from Truman State University in Missouri.