Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  212 / 904 Next Page
Information
Show Menu
Previous Page 212 / 904 Next Page
Page Background

212

Part One

798

The Holy Spirit is “the principle of every vital and truly

saving action in each part of the Body.”

247

He works in many ways

to build up the whole Body in charity:

248

by God’s Word “which is

able to build you up”;

249

by Baptism, through which he forms

Christ’s Body;

250

by the sacraments, which give growth and heal-

ing to Christ’s members; by “the grace of the apostles, which holds

first place among his gifts”;

251

by the virtues, which make us act

according to what is good; finally, by the many special graces

(called “charisms”), by which he makes the faithful “fit and ready

to undertake various tasks and offices for the renewal and building

up of the Church.”

252

Charisms

799

Whether extraordinary or simple and humble, charisms

are graces of the Holy Spirit which directly or indirectly benefit the

Church, ordered as they are to her building up, to the good of men,

and to the needs of the world.

800

Charisms are to be accepted with gratitude by the person

who receives them and by all members of the Church as well. They

are a wonderfully rich grace for the apostolic vitality and for the

holiness of the entire Body of Christ, provided they really are

genuine gifts of the Holy Spirit and are used in full conformity with

authentic promptings of this same Spirit, that is, in keeping with

charity, the true measure of all charisms.

253

801

It is in this sense that discernment of charisms is always

necessary. No charism is exempt from being referred and submit-

ted to the Church’s shepherds. “Their office [is] not indeed to

extinguish the Spirit, but to test all things and hold fast to what is

good,”

254

so that all the diverse and complementary charisms work

together “for the common good.”

255

247 Pius XII, encyclical,

Mystici Corporis:

DS 3808.

248 Cf.

Eph

4:16.

249

Acts

20:32.

250 Cf.

1 Cor

12:13.

251

LG

7 § 2.

252

LG

12 § 2; cf.

AA

3.

253 Cf.

1 Cor

13.

254

LG

12; cf. 30;

1 Thess

5:12, 19-21; John Paul II,

Christifideles Laici,

24.

255

1 Cor

12:7.

737

1091-1109

791

951, 2003

894

1905