Dynamic parishes function with many gifted leaders, members of ministries, and ordinary
Catholics.  However, as noted above, few can identify their spiritual gifts called charisms, by name.  
Charism discernment enables both discovery and learning about not only one's own charisms but
those of others.  This is what enables parishes to give personal invitations to their parish members
and engage them in their giftedness

In Novo Millenio Ineunte (2000), St. John Paul II challenged Catholics to "put out into the deep" to
transform parishes into Schools of Prayer, Holiness, Communion, and Evangelization.  To respond
to this challenge we must realize that we will only be successful if we go out under the Anointing of
the Holy Spirit, with His Spiritual Gifts, called charisms, for our missionary work in the Church,  
just as Jesus' apostles and disciples did after Pentecost!
MAPS for life Catholic Publications and Ministry
1  First, we'll show you how to develop a parish plan to discern the spiritual gifts of your      
2. Then we'll show you how you can call forth your people into parish ministries that align
       their spiritual gifts with their ministry roles and responsibilities.
3. Finally we'll show you how to excite your parishioners to use their spiritual gifts on a daily
       basis as missionary disciple.
Missionary Discipleship demands that we not only uncover our spiritual gifts, called charisms, but
more importantly that we come to use our gifts intentionally in our missionary walk with others,
along the road to Emmaus.  And just as Jesus did, we proclaim the Kingdom of God to all those we
encounter along the path of our daily lives.  God bestows charisms on us as spiritual "tools" for
this missionary walk to bring Christ to the world and the world to Christ!  

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us, "Life in the Holy Spirit fulfills the vocation of
man....It is graciously offered as salvation"(1699).  We are further reminded that "Those who obey
the prompting of the Spirit of truth are already on the way of salvation"(CCC 851).  This is
incredibly good news!  Yet, how many Catholics, sitting in the pews every Sunday, do not know this

Most Catholics sitting in the pews on Sunday, those involved in parish ministries and even ministry
leaders have never been given the opportunity to uncover their spiritual gifts.  Yet, we all have
spiritual gifts, as St. Paul tells us in 1 Cor 12:7, "To each is given a manifestation of the Spirit for
some benefit".
Along the Road to Emmaus, Jesus began walking with the three men,
listening at first to their story and only then, after walking and listening,
did He share the Word of God, with them.  And it is only then that they
recognized Jesus in the breaking of the Bread with their hearts burning
within them.  Their encounter with Jesus was an encounter with His
Word Make Flesh.  This is the same Word we bring to others as we
accompany them on their journey, using our spiritual gifts, our Charisms
to first listen and then share the Word of God.  This is "missionary
discipleship".    How do we share the Word using our gifts?  If hospitality
is your charism, why not bake a cake, make a home visit.  You could pray
for them as you back and during your visit.  If intercession is your
charism, you share yourself with another, listen intently to what they are
sharing with you and ask if you can remember them in your prayers.  
Learn How your Pastoral Council and Ministry
Leaders Can Work Together To Form
Missionary Disciples
Through Charism Discernment Retreats