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|Charisms of the Holy Spirit:
Tools For The New Evangelization
With Rescript (Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat) by
The Most Reverend Leonard Paul Blair, STD
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn
"To Each Is Given A Manifestation of the Spirit" (1 Cor 12:7)
Do you know what your manifestation"of the Spirit is?
CHARISMS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: TOOLS FOR THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
This Catholic Church-Approved publication is a powerful tool for evangelization today! Through it,
you will learn about your God-give Spiritual gifts called Charisms. This books will guide you
through the steps to discern, learn about, and use your charisms in your family, at work, in your
community, and most especially in your parish.
Pastors and pastoral leaders will find this book invaluable in helping parishioners discern, learn
about and use their charisms in parish ministries. It outlines the charism discernment process and
once complete, the book serves as an interactive parish resource to continually guide pastors and
pastoral leaders in calling forth their parishioners according to their spiritual gifts.
HOW IS THE BOOK ORGANIZED?
The core content of Charisms of the Holy Spirit: Tools for the New Evangelization is divided into
two main areas as previously mentioned: Personal Holiness and Corporate Holiness. Personal
Holiness topics include Grace and Conversion and Active Contemplation. Corporate Holiness
describes 20 (twenty) charisms detailed with the following:
WHAT IS IT?
This section defines the topic/charism in several ways to broaden the reader’s understanding.
HOW DOES JESUS EXPRESS IT?
These examples are often used analogously. This means they may not literally be reflective of the
charism but nevertheless, they may show some similarities that support an analogous use of the
Scripture passages thereby helping the reader to make connections to the charism.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
These statements illustrate the significance of the charism in the lives of the faithful—in the Church,
the family, the work place, and community. The importance of the charism is always centered on
the person operating in the charism as an expression of God’s love—love for God and love for
HOW WOULD SOMEONE EXPRESS IT?
These entries are designed to heighten our awareness of the charisms of the Holy Spirit that are
present in our brothers and sisters. Some of us may be surprised to learn about the expressions and
manifestation of the Holy Spirit that are present in our brothers and sisters, but the Lord wants us
to not only know about these manifestations but also encourage them, support them, and be
thankful for them in others. The Lord wants us to consider their gifts, to be His gifts for us –
touching our minds, our hearts, and our souls in intimate and holy ways.
WHAT COULD A PARISH OR COMMUNITY DO TO CALL IT FORTH AND/OR SUPPORT IT?
This section encourages pastors, pastoral leaders, and those in leadership positions in the parish or
community to recognize and record their people’s manifestations of the Spirit. More than simply
taking note and recording however, leaders must have a plan to call forth the charisms of their
people on a regular basis and even go so far as to suggest ministries that best support their gifts for
the good of the Body of Christ and the world.
SCRIPTURE AND CATECHISM PASSAGES
Scripture passages in this section are also being used analogously. Again, this means they may not
literally be reflective of the charism. Yet they may show some similarities that support an analogous
use of the passages, helping the reader to make connections to the charism. At times, of course, the
passages cited may relate directly.
CAUTION YOU ARE ABOUT TO ENTER THE "NO SIN ZONE"
This section cautions us to only and always minister to others under the anointing of the Holy Spirit
and most of all it cautions us to never minister for selfish or prideful reasons. A charism is not a
charism when it used in ways that do not bring Christ to the world or the world to Christ.
EVANGELIZATION TEAM IDEAS:
Evangelization team notes are designed to help parishes and communities rethink their
evangelization ministry formation. It is a daunting task for a parish to find willing individuals who
consider themselves “evangelists.” The reason may be that, as Catholics, we do not see ourselves
going door to door to tell others about the Lord’s gift of salvation. However, if parishes were to ask
the faithful to go door to door with their charisms of hospitality, intercessory prayer, service, helps,
etc., in operation, they might be more likely go, and in going, they would surely bring Christ to
those they visit and they may just set their parish communities on fire in the process.
Author’s notes describe the witnesses I have observed and/or heard throughout my travels of
presenting workshops, retreats, and parish mission related to “charism discernment.” They are
powerful stories that give witness to God’s anointing of His people. Those sitting in the pews hardly
know they are gifted yet they come to learn just how gifted they are by the end of our time together.
We should make it our point to get to know them and their charisms as “gift” to us.
Witness is a short testimony of a charism retreat/workshop participant who discovered, uncovered,
and learned about his/her charisms to aid them in their mission to bring Christ to others.
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Spiritual Gifts for Your Mission
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