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Let’s explore how individuals can understand and harness the unique spiritual gift, the charism of discernment. Join us as we uncover the path to embracing and utilizing discernment charism effectively.

Understanding Discernment Charism


Discernment charism is a special gift bestowed upon individuals by the Holy Spirit. It allows them to perceive and understand the spiritual dynamics at play in various situations. As the host emphasizes, discernment is not just about having a “gut feeling”; it is about being able to recognize both the presence of God and any ungodly vibes or influences. Through discernment, individuals can gain clarity and insight into the spiritual realm.

Seeking Guidance through Prayer


The key to navigating the charism of discernment lies in cultivating a strong prayer life, characterized by open and honest communication with God. The host encourages listeners to bring their questions, concerns, and experiences to the Lord, relying on His wisdom and guidance. By seeking God’s input on discernment experiences, individuals create a space for Him to reveal His purpose and direction for their gift.

Intimacy with God as a Foundation


Discernment charism, along with other gifts like healing, prophecy, and mercy, is intimately tied to experiencing the heart of God. Thus, nurturing a close relationship with the Lord becomes crucial for effectively utilizing these gifts. The host highlights that individuals with discernment charism are particularly drawn into a deep and intimate relationship with God, as they are called to make His presence known in the world.

Growing in Confidence


While it may seem challenging at times to decipher God’s guidance in discernment situations, the host encourages listeners to trust their instincts while remaining open to correction. By boldly following what feels right and aligns with their intuition, individuals can embrace their gift with confidence. Even in moments of uncertainty or silence from God, one can view it as an opportunity to grow in confidence and trust that the Holy Spirit is already active within them.


The key to effectively using discernment lies in cultivating intimacy with God and seeking His guidance through prayer. It is through open and honest communication that individuals can discern whether to act on their discernment, trusting their instincts while remaining open to correction. As with any charism, engaging in a prayerful dialogue with God is vital to understanding His purpose for the gift. As we continue on our spiritual journeys, may we embrace the gifts the Holy Spirit has bestowed upon us, including the beautiful charism of discernment.

Jill Simons:

Hello, and welcome to Charisms for Catholics. My name is Jill Simons, and I’m the executive director at Many Parts Ministries where we equip the Body of Christ by helping people learn about and discern their charisms, which is really another word for spiritual gifts. When you discern your charisms, you’re are able to see how the Holy Spirit is already active in your life and where he is inviting you to further build the Church. Let’s dive in. Hello. I’ve got an awesome brand new thing we’ve never done before. We’re gonna do our very first mailbag episode, which I am super excited about because I got an awesome question in my email this morning that I really wanted to, I wrote out a long answer to this person, but I also wanted to answer it for you here because I feel like, this lovely person is probably not alone. So, Jennifer, if you are listening, you probably got my email a couple of months ago, but I I wanted to circle back and share a little bit more about it.

Jill Simons:

So for context, I’m gonna give you the email that I received and just, have that be the context for the conversation. So I got this email. I have a question about my number 1 charism, Discernment. I scored a 25. With this charism, I also have Encouragement, Prophecy, Healing, Mercy, all scoring 22 and have my question is, what do I do with the clear feeling I have with people I come around who I get that not godly vibe from? I honestly wanna run from them or their homes. And what do I do with this knowledge that this isn’t a holy place or person? I feel unsafe and nervous. It’s happened to me many times over the years, and I never knew that this was a spiritual gift. So, In this email, she talks about her charism of Discernment.

Jill Simons:

And really, like, okay. Cool. It’s a gift. What do do I do with it? Like, how do I interact with this? And I think this is something that people are curious about whether or not this is your charism. It’s kind of what what do we do. So, the number one thing that I wanna encourage everyone to do when you have these questions, it’s gonna seem like a cop out, but it’s really the only answer I have, is that you need to be taking these questions to God. You need to be praying in those moments about, like, you gave me this for some purpose. What do you want me to do with it? Because those gifts that he gives us are for a purpose. They’re not just for fun and cool.

Jill Simons:

Now now you feel terrified in random places, and that’s the end of the story. There’s obviously something that he is wanting you to glean from the situation some good he’s wanting to bring about in the situation, but that’s gonna be different in different situations. There’s no, like, when it is a bad place, you always leave. You always start saying the prayers of deliverance. You always do this. It is what the Holy Spirit is inviting you into in that moment. And for this individual, looking at the gift list of charisms that she had: Encouragement, Prophecy, Healing, Mercy, these are all charisms that are very tightly tied to experiences of the heart of God. So this person is being very clearly drawn into this very intimate relationship with God in the way that she makes God present in the world.

Jill Simons:

I wanna be very clear. Everyone is called into intimate relationship with God, but not everyone’s charisms are going to lead to leading with that intimacy. Someone with Administration and Service and Leadership absolutely called to intimacy with God, but it’s going to be a lot less of the foundation of how they even use their charism, how close they are to the Lord and how much they are experiencing God’s heart for someone. Doesn’t mean that it doesn’t matter. It just means there’s going to be less of that that they are needing to experience prior to being able to use their charisms and effectively. Whereas Discernment, Healing, Prophecy, all of those things. It is like a requirement that you are in intimate relationship with God and able to hear from him to even operate in those charisms at all. And so fostering this intimacy in how you respond to them is going to be one of the most powerful things you can do.

Jill Simons:

So you can say very honestly, and I think that’s the biggest thing I wish more people lived in was just this deeply honest prayer life. Wow, God. I’m feeling that. Like, I am experiencing the discernment of this evil presence. What do you want me to do with that? What what are we doing here? I pray that so often I do not have a primarily a discernment hears them, but that, like, what are we doing here, Jesus? Like, it’s a very common, constant prayer of mine. Just asking to be let in on whatever information I need to move forward in the situation. And then people with that gift of Discernment, there’s gonna be that natural inclination towards being able to receive that answer. And if there is not a clear answer if there’s silence or lack of clarity about it was.

Jill Simons:

It is perfectly acceptable to go with your gut and say, okay, Jesus. I I feel very strongly that I should do this. That’s what I’m gonna do. If that is incorrect, if I’ve misunderstood, if I’ve misread the situation, please turn me around. Please give me a sign that you want me to do something else because I’m I’m here for it. I’m here for doing what you wanna do, but put an absence of clarity from you right now, I’m gonna move forward on what my intuition is telling me to do. This is an approach that allows you to both grow in confidence in your gifts. There are times that I firmly believe God is silent in answering those in the moment prayers, not because he doesn’t want us to have clarity, not because he’s trying to be withholding, but because he’s inviting us to actually grow in confidence in what he has given us, in helping us believe that we actually have received this gift and we actually do know what we’re being called to do because the Holy Spirit is already there active in just experiencing that discernment. And so, obviously, every situation is gonna be very different.

Jill Simons:

This is going to be a little bit similar to the experience of Prophecy, where there’s a level of discernment about do I say this whole thing to someone? Do I say it right now? Is this something that I even share it all? And that is a prophecy there that is that is prophecy. That is a charism that I have Prophecy. And I use this exact same formula. Okay. What are we doing here, Jesus? Like, is that for me? You wanted to share that with me or is that something you want me to share with them? And if there’s any doubt in my mind about whether or not that is something I’m supposed to share with them, I’ll say, okay. I’m not quite sure. So please give me the opportunity that unity that makes it incredibly clear that that’s what you want me to do. And 9 times out of 10, I will end up, like, alone within three feet of that person within the next 24 hours.

Jill Simons:

And I’m like, okay. This is pretty clear. Like, you are giving me a very, very straightforward opportunity to share this with this person. So I will do that. It’s not always like, yes. Go say this now, and that’s what I’m receiving in prayer. It is a lot more are about creating the openness within ourselves to receive what it is God has for us in coming in a variety of ways. Is whether it’s coming from us hearing from him, whether it’s coming from us having the opportunity to do something, whether it’s coming from, the fact that we have confidence in the gift that he has given us and this is what we feel strongly that we should do, we want to, like I said, grow in that confidence and intimacy at the same time.

Jill Simons:

So if you have a Discernment charism, if you are kind of confused about what you’re supposed to do with that information on a regular basis. I would just invite you to make that your habit. If it, you know, that phrasing works for me. And if it works for you, that what are we doing here, Jesus? And it’s short and it’s fast and you can pray it in your mind in the thick of things. And letting that be your response automatically to these things when they happen, looking for where God is moving and what God is inviting you specifically to do in a situation. Because it’s not always gonna be the same and it’s not always going to be something that you would have thought to do yourself. So fostering that reliance on him and only in absence of clarity from him in so many words Is when we move on to being confident in the gifts that he’s given us. And in the situation very concretely from the email of being in the presence of something evil, being in an evil place, I think a good frequent response is going to be to remove yourself from that place. That’s most likely gonna be your gut response, and I would definitely ask Jesus if he has something else for you to do there.

Jill Simons:

But if not, I would not stay because that’s not something that we wanna expose ourselves to unless there is no recourse to something else. So Jesus is gonna protect you in those situations. He’s gonna go before you, but it’s also not something that we wanna just, like, put ourselves in in the line of fire of needlessly. So hopefully, that’s helpful. If you feel you might have that charism, if you’re just curious about what you’re supposed to do if you have that charism. If you have other questions that you’d like me to answer on the show, please do just send them via email. You can put them in the subject line “Mailbag for Charisms for Catholics” and they will go into the right folder so that I can respond to them here on the podcast, we’d love to answer more of your questions and really address the things that you are wondering about. I hope you have a wonderful week.

Jill Simons:

I’ll talk to you soon. Thanks so much for joining us on today’s episode of Charisms for Catholics. If you would like to learn more about your charisms begin your own discernment journey, head to our website at manypartsministries.com where you can download our free PDF guide to all 24 charisms and also begin your own journey by taking our charism assessment.