“To each is given the manifestation of the SPIRIT for the common good.
To one is given through the Spirit the speaking of WISDOM,
and to another the speaking of KNOWLEDGE according to the same Spirit,
to another FAITH by the same Spirit,
to another gifts of HEALING by the one Spirit,
to another the working of MIRACLES,
to another PROPHECY,
to another the ability to DISTINGUISH BETWEEN SPIRITS,
to another various kinds of TONGUES,
to another INTERPRETATION of tongues. . .
For just as the BODY is one and has many members,
and all the MEMBERS of the body, though many, are one body,
so it is with CHRIST.
– 1 Corinthians 12:7-10,12
It is clear that God, through Baptism and Confirmation, has endowed each of us with different gifts. We have personal vocations in life, and our gifts will be used for a work of love as only we can each do. What does God intend for each of us? Are we open to be used by the Holy Spirit?
For sure there is a role for the laity and so, we do want to take time to find out more about spiritual gifts and vocations. By discerning our gifts and using the charisms we have been blessed with, we can change not only our own lives but the lives of others. Whatever the gifts we have been given, we can use them in charity or service to build up the Church.
Be sure that when you operate out of a charism, you will feel really energised. You may feel as though you have found your place in life. Things fit in well. Think of zigsaw puzzles forming a complete picture. We are fruitful and effective and we experience little strain or struggle because we are cheerful givers. How wonderful it is when we can us our WRITING charism for the good of others!
‘Therefore, you blessed ones. . . ask your Father, ask your Lord, for the special gift of his inheritance, the distributed charisms . . . Ask, he says, and you shall receive. In fact, you have sought and you have found, you have knocked and it has been opened to you.’ Tertullians’ treatise On Baptism (c. 200)