National Catholic Register


God's Gifts Are Found Anywhere

BY Mark Shea

| Posted 6/24/11 at 1:00 AM


Our Lord gives each of us charisms in baptism, which like merely human talents, can take all sorts of forms. The difference is that our charisms are ordered toward bring the grace of God to our neighbor and helping to rightly order the world to his glory.

Dunno if this kid is baptized. Odds are pretty good that he is. Whoever he is, he is a living demonstration of the fact that God loves to drop bombs of grace into the unlikeliest of people and places. Man asks, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” and the answer of grace is “Absolutely!”

We should all ask for some grace in whatever out of the way corner we happen to be in today. God just may surprise us—or surprise somebody through us by making us an answer to somebody else’s prayer or messenger of joy to somebody else’s heart. That’s what charisms are: the gifts you give away. And according to the Church, if you are baptized you have one or more charisms.

To find out more about how to discern your charisms, check out the work of the St. Catherine of Siena Institute. Good stuff!