The Conference Is Over, What’s Next?

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Now that you’ve taken the quiz, listened to the talks, and read a little about your gifts, what’s next?

First: a warm welcome to new listeners and a sincere request to you to stay subscribed through Pentecost. St. Paul says we, the church, are the answer to renewal for the Church and the world (Eph 4), and you need a community in which to grow and discern your spiritual gifts in power and effectiveness. I hope you and I might even become friends. So give yourself the gift of God’s word from the “one table” of the Scriptures and the Eucharist (CCC 103), and listen for the next several weeks. Please.

Below is my closing audio and video message from Saturday afternoon at the Spiritual Gifts Conference, in case you missed it. In it, I offer you a path forward and next steps to continue your discernment.

This week you have time to catch up on any of the episodes from the Spiritual Gifts Podcast Series you may have missed, and next week I’ll give you the stats on the quiz over the 12K who registered and took it; we will begin looking at the categories of spiritual gifts — Equipping Gifts | Service Gifts | Sign Gifts — exploring the gifts individually, and ways they can be clustered. If you had questions about differences in this weekend’s gift quiz results and others you have taken, the podcasts in the remainder of this series will help clear up your questions, as we dig deeply into the the nuances between the gifts and how the differences help us distinguish between gifts that are otherwise similar, such as leadership and apostleship. Click the picture below to get the previous shows in the spiritual gifts series.

Take the spiritual gifts inventory quiz and learn about the gifts here. 

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LOVE the Word® is a Bible study method based on Mary’s own practice: lectio without the Latin. Get the book based on Sonja’s method in the right margin, How to Pray Like Mary.  

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

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

Where are you confused about your gifts? What did you learn about them over the weekend? Do you lack opportunities to use your gifts? What do you want to say to the Holy Spirit about that? 

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 – A path forward and next steps for discerning your spiritual gifts 

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –  

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – 

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – 


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


Click here for a transcript of the show.