03_Use Them Where You Are, Spiritual Gifts Series, Premium Content

Rather than “another ‘thing’ we have to do,” our spiritual gifts feel very natural – even supernatural – to us, and are meant to be discerned and used in the context of our vocations and duties and stations in life. “In keeping with their vocations, the demands of the times and the various gifts of he Holy Spirit, the apostolate [ministry] assumes the most varied forms. But charity, drawn from the Eucharist above all, is always as it were, the soul of  the whole apostolate (CCC 864). 

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

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

When discerning your spiritual gifts, remember that it is likely you have been using your spiritual gifts already, in the workplace and at home. What is your favorite part of “doing” your vocation? Could that be related to a spiritual gift?  

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

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.

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 – Conference info, three gifts: 1) Himself, 2) to state in life, 3) spiritual gifts

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –  Holy Orders, religious life, marriage and family, singleness

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Vocation as the context for discerning and using spiritual gifts

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – Duty of Christian married partners, some rules for discernment


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

Iuvenescit Ecclesia, The Relationship Between Hierarchical and Charismatic Gifts
in the Life and the Mission of the Church, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith


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