Does Everyone Have a Charism?


 To the question, "Does everyone have a charism?" First, everyone has a learned trait or talent, and we can define charism as "a spiritual gift (enablement) the Holy Spirit grants Christians to bring God's redeeming love into the world." Or "a supernatural grace God grants people to lead others to experience the healing power of Jesus' love." 

                                                                                                                     -CCC,799

Second, God's salvific will is universal. It is a testament to the all-encompassing love of God, as defined by the author of 1 John 4:7- 10, in which he states, "God is Love. In addition, "he shows no partiality, rather in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him." We learn this vivid teaching in Acts 10:25-48. We also understand that God's Spirit of love came down on a Gentile, non-Jew, even before he was baptized. Why does the author narrate this tradition? He wants to teach first that, authorized by Peter, Christianity should be preached to all people without imposing the laws of the Jewish faith upon them and, secondly, that the Spirit can take initiative wherever he wishes

Everyone is called to believe that God is Love and that his Son, Jesus Christ, is the way to salvation. Within the Triune God, the Holy Spirit endows people with a charism, a unique gift that connects us to God's love. In this way, God can bestow salvation outside the framework of organized Christianity.

A charism is not a prize to be earned but an act of love freely given by God. All that is required is to receive the Lord and believe in His name. Didymus The Blind reminds us to believe, even if we are NOT Christian. In this act, we become like children to God, trusting in His love and guidance. "All who believed in Christ received power to become children of God, that is, of the Holy Spirit, and to gain kinship with God." This is the hope in Baptism, where the Grace of the Holy Spirit manifests charisms to be used, and we are reborn into the Kingdom of God.  

                                                                                                         †Didymus of Alexandria, 313-398

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