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Charismatic Gifts

A charism is a gift, given by the Holy Spirit, to an individual for the good of others and the fulfillment of the mission of the Church.

Charisms are given to all members of the Church: any position, office or degree of holiness.

“To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (1 Cor 12:7)

“It is not only through the sacraments and the ministries of the Church that the Holy Spirit sanctifies and leads the people of God and enriches it with virtues, but, ‘allotting his gifts to everyone according as He wills’, (1 Cor 12:11) He distributes special graces among the faithful of every rank.” (Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, 12)

Charisms make us fit to undertake tasks for the renewal and building up of the Church, to take on the mission of Christ, to be a channel of God’s power, wisdom, and message.

“But grace also includes the gifts that the Spirit grants us to associate us with His work, to enable us to collaborate in the salvation of others, and in the growth of the body of Christ, the Church.” (CCC 2003)

We each have different charisms, so we need to work together as the body of Christ.

“But as it is, there are many parts, yet one body.  The eye cannot say to the hand ‘I do not need you.’” (1 Cor 12:20-21)

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