As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.1 Peter 4:10
he Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the Holy Spirit distributes special graces among the faithful for building up the Church (951). These special graces, also called spiritual gifts or “charisms,” are specific orientations and capabilities (faith, mercy, teaching, organization, etc.) that compel us to be channels of God’s goodness for other people. Find an energized parish community and you will observe that they are built on such gifts.
As a baptized Christian, you were given distinctive spiritual gifts! They will inspire you to respond to the call of Universal Church to demonstrate that the Gospel is still relevant to these times (the New Evangelization). God responds to the many needs of the world, and gives us the opportunity to participate using our distinctive set of gifts. These gifts make us instinctively care about some causes more than others. That gives us both self-knowledge and focus. When we apply our gifts to their proper needs we feel passionate, competent, energized, and joyful –because we are fulfilling God’s plan in our lives.
Curious what your gifts might be? Use our discernment tool as a first step. It covers:
After you have reviewed the results of the inventory, contact one of the priests to discern which ones feel most true to you and where you can apply them. But don’t just limit your imagination to service in the Church, because this kind of self-knowledge guides our answers to, “What is my life purpose?” Consider these gifts to know yourself more profoundly as a child of God, discover how God is active in your life, and to seek and empower your life’s work!
“ There are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit…”1 Corinthians 12:5, 7-8