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Monday, December 01, 2008

Get back to work, you

I've been reading Intentional Disciples long enough that I had no choice but to hear, in the words,
He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his own work,
a reference to charisms.

The Catherine of Siena Institute offers a Called & Gifted workshop, where you can learn about charisms in general and begin to discern your own charisms in particular. If you can't attend a workshop, you can buy their self-administered Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory.

And if you don't have time for all that fancy stuff, you can follow this quick method for discerning your charisms:
  1. Figure out what graces of the Holy Spirit you have been given that directly or indirectly benefit the Church, ordered as they are to her building up, to the good of men, and to the needs of the world.
  2. These are your charisms.
Once you've discerned your charisms, what do you do with them? This:
  1. Accept them with gratitude.
  2. Use them in full conformity with authentic promptings of the Holy Spirit, that is, in keeping with charity, the true measure of all charisms.
  3. Refer and submit them to the Church's shepherds.
There you go. Now you're all set, charism-wise. No need to thank me; helpfulness is my charism.