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Fr. Bob at pulpit during Easter Vigil

The Gifts are for Today

“A number of people contend that these particular gifts no longer exist in the Church and are not to be sought after at all. Their conviction is that they were only for the first ages of the Church, a special participation of the Holy Spirit intended to give the Lord's work an early shot in the arm to get it off to a good start.

“It is surprising how many actually teach this. It is difficult to understand how they maintain such a position. The teaching of the Church is quite clear on the matter. 

“Vatican II explicitly states that the charisms under consideration here are for today's Church. Making specific reference to St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians, chapter 12, the Council Fathers declare: ‘Whether these charisms be very remarkable or more simple and widely diffused, they are to be receiving with thanksgiving and consolation since they are fitting and useful for the needs of the Church. Extraordinary gifts are not to be rashly desired, nor is it from them that the fruits of apostolic labours are to be presumptuously expected. Those who have charge over the Church should judge the genuineness and proper use of these gifts, through their office not indeed to extinguish the Spirit, but to test all things and to hold fast to what is good.’ (Lumen Gentium, 12) That seems plain enough. The gifts are for today.” 

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