01_Equipping the Saints, Spiritual Gifts Series

Grace [charis] is first and foremost the gift of the Spirit who justifies and sanctifies us. But grace also includes the gifts [charismata] 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. There are sacramental graces, gifts proper to the different sacraments. There are furthermore special graces, also called charisms after the Greek term used by St. Paul and meaning “favor,” “gratuitous gift,” “benefit.” Whatever their character – sometimes it is extraordinary, such as the gift of miracles or of tongues – charisms are oriented toward sanctifying grace and are intended for the common good of the Church. They are at the service of charity which builds up the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2003).

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L | Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)

O | Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

What has the Holy Spirit said to you through this episode on spiritual gifts? Do you know or have an idea of what your gifts are? What do you want to say to Him about this show?

V | Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

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E | Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful. Enkindle in them the fire of Your love, and there shall be a new creation, and You shall renew the face of the earth. Amen. +

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What We Discussed | Show Notes


Minutes 00:12:00 – The call is to everyone: “Why do you stand here idle all day?” (Matt 20:3-4); you have a “totally unique contribution” to make to the Church’s mission 

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –  Charismata are not the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit we receive in baptism; St. Paul’s exhortation on spiritual gifts and his description in 1 Corinthians 12

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – gift passages: Ephesians 4, 1 Peter 4, and 1 Corinthians 12; seven gifts of the Holy Spirit we receive at Baptism and Confirmation are for your sanctification, while the spiritual gifts build up the Church

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – Equipping gifts, Service gifts, Sign gifts


Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, Pope Paul VI

On the Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World, Christefideles Laici, Pope John Paul II

Fruitful Discipleship, Sherry Weddell


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