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Fr. Bob at pulpit during Easter Vigil

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

“The positional statement of the Companions of the Cross states that we are to be open to using all the gifts of the Holy Spirit for ministry within the Church. There is to be no apologizing for these, no compromising. We are not to be manoeuvred into a position where the use of spiritual gifts has to be negotiated. 

“The Holy Spirit gives many gifts. The pages of the New Testament are crowded with testimony to that. But the gifts that we speak of here are those nine peculiar charisms that St. Paul writes about to the Corinthians. He speaks about the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, distinguishing spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:8-10)

“We must take care to notice that Paul defines these precisely as gifts for ministry. They are not intended by God, then, for personal sanctification. They are to be used in the service of others. ‘To each person,’ he says, ‘the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.’ (1 Corinthians 12:7) They are not, it would seem, to be sought for their own sake, but to build up the Body of Christ. We must not become preoccupied with them. Neither should we set them aside as something we don't need.”

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