Is there openness to new charisms? It is important to embrace and nurture these unique gifts from the Holy Spirit. But can and should we have more?

Embracing the Opportunity for Growth

In life, there are countless opportunities for growth and development, and the same holds true for our spiritual lives. Our faith journey is not stagnant; rather, it is a dynamic and evolving process. God has designed us to constantly grow and expand our understanding of His plan for us. This concept allows for greater returns when we wisely invest in our existing spiritual gifts.

Discovering and Leading with Our Gifts

As Catholics, it is crucial to recognize and lead with the gifts that God has bestowed upon us. By regularly revisiting and reassessing our charisms, we may discover that new ones have emerged over time. It is both enriching and empowering to utilize these charisms to serve others and the mission of the Church.

The Delicate Balance

It is important to acknowledge existing charisms. But it is vital to remain open to new charisms that the Holy Spirit may bestow upon us. This requires a delicate balance between embracing new gifts while remaining faithful stewards of the ones we already possess. It may be challenging to step into unfamiliar territories, but the growth that come from this openness far outweighs it.

Intimacy with God and Change

We often question how our human perception of time and change intersects with the divine. God’s invitation to something new is always present, and our receptivity to it deepens our spiritual journey.

Continuing the Journey

Maintain an ongoing openness to the possibility of God doing something new in your life. To aid you in this discernment process, we invite you to visit our website. You can download a free PDF guide to all 24 charisms. You can also take a charism assessment to discover where your unique spiritual gifts lie.

Regular Assessments and Receptivity

Therefore, remember to regularly revisit and reassess your charism assessments. This provides an objective checkpoint, reduces anxiety, and ensures that you are aligning with the Holy Spirit. Put a yearly or biennial assessment on your calendar and utilize tools like Google Calendar to set up recurring reminders.

Finally, embracing new charisms is essential in unlocking our greater spiritual potential. By investing in our existing gifts and remaining open to new ones, we deepen our relationship with God. As we grow and evolve, the Holy Spirit continues to pour out new graces, enabling us to bear fruit and contribute meaningfully to the world around us.

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Jill Simons [00:00:00]:

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 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. We are doing a mailbag question today which is can I get new charisms? I assume that the context of the question is can there be more charisms given to you on top of the ones you already have and not can I trade them in like a used vehicle and get something that I like a little bit more? So the answer to the second question is no, you can’t trade them in and get something that seems like a more interesting set. But as you steward well what you have been given, you can absolutely have new charisms given to you throughout the course of your life. And this is really common when we look at charisms with that lens of the Parable of the Talents. It’s a little bit on the nose in the English language because talents, of course, are gifts and abilities as opposed to in the biblical context they were talking about finances.

Jill Simons [00:01:30]:

But the analogy holds true where when you take what the Holy Spirit has invested in you and invest in it yourself, there’s going to be a return on that that’s going to foster that trust that you are going to steward well further gifts. And so that’s when the Holy Spirit gives us new graces as we move through life because we know as human beings we can’t invent a new Sacrament or something like that. God has shown us the Seven Sacraments as the means by which we receive His grace and that limits us, not Him. And so even if you are not at a time in your life where you are going to receive maybe a new Sacrament, hopefully everyone’s receiving Confession and Communion on a regular basis. But if you’re not in line to be Confirmed or something like that, because that’s already happened in the past, that doesn’t limit your experience or your receptivity to new grace. Because God can pour out his grace on us at any time that he chooses. And so we have that initial reception of grace and the Holy Spirit when we are baptized. We are not limited in the rest of our lives by only receiving new charisms at the time of a Sacrament because the Holy Spirit can pour out grace on people when and how he chooses.

Jill Simons [00:02:58]:

So that is a really cool sort of new rule in the game, I guess, when you think about it that way, where there is an opportunity to be given more, when we invest well in what we have already received and a big part of being able to receive new charisms well is actually having an openness to new charisms. So this is kind of a fine line to walk because we talk a lot of times about sort of limiting your lane and letting your charisms guide where you invest your time in growing the Church and the wider community and keeping those charisms forefront in your mind. We did our last episode about knowing what you bring into a room and how we really lead with those gifts that God has given us. But that said, it is a great thing to do on a yearly, bi yearly, every three years, I think, would be kind of the longest I would stretch it, going back and revisiting whether it’s an assessment, whether it’s spending prayer time with a list of the charisms and just being open to the fact that there might be new ones operating in you that were not there at the same level the last time you formally discerned your charisms. And this is a delicate dance, right? We want to kind of limit ourselves, on one end of the spectrum, where we don’t feel like every role in the Church is our job, but we also don’t want to permanently close the door on anything. We want to remain in this state where there’s this high level of receptivity, and that is deeply uncomfortable for most people, foremost of which I am. That was an awkward sentence, but I am very bad at this. I really like to be like, okay, let’s limit things.

Jill Simons [00:04:55]:

Let’s denotate what is going on here, and then we’re done. And I want to move on to other conversations and not have this one again. And that is not how the Holy Spirit works. And so this is an ongoing theme in my spiritual life of really being comfortable with the fact that things are ever changing, ever evolving, we need to have the same conversation again and evaluate where I’m at now. And this is one of the primary ways that the Holy Spirit is changing and growing me in my spiritual life, because that is not something that comes organically to me. And so it’s an interesting balance, and I think that there are probably those among you who are listening that this will be much more native to you than it is to me. God bless you.

Jill Simons [00:05:44]:

I love that you exist. And this is one of my biggest struggles. And ultimately, I think there’s that intimacy with God where we remember that God is both eternal and always doing a new thing, and that’s a challenging thing for our human brains. There’s this great passage, and of course, now that I’m trying to reference it, I can’t remember if it’s G. K. Chesterton or CS. Lewis, because my husband is the one who brought this to my attention, and it would be one of those two. Those are his favorite.

Jill Simons [00:06:21]:

So if you know, please send me an email and let me know. One of those wonderful authors wrote about this idea that in our sin we actually age. And that’s part of the tragedy of our lives of sin is that we actually become, in a certain way, older than God, where God is a child and excited and joyful and excited to see and make the sun rise every single day. The same joy you have in a toddler who wants to do the same thing again and again and again. And we see that in God following these paths with each of us again, following these paths in nature again and again, and how there is a joy in each new beginning that God experiences that we kind of grow too frail in our sin to appreciate. It kind of ages us in the worst way, where we lose our appreciation for the ever newness of things. And so that’s something really, if nothing else, to just spend some time reflecting on, am I open to the Lord doing a new thing. We don’t want to push that so far that we have anxiety in the other direction, where we’re like, oh, I never feel comfortable using this list of possible charisms because every single day there’s a chance that the Holy Spirit is doing a new thing.

Jill Simons [00:07:53]:

We don’t want to go that far where we’re limiting what he’s wanting to do now because we’re trying to be so ever vigilant about what he could be doing in the future. But we also don’t want to close the doors on the Holy Spirit. Say, this is all I have, this is all I want, I’m not even going to reflect on the fact that there could be any more for me. And so I think a helpful way to do that is just to do just that, to take the assessment on whatever frequency of basis you feel is appropriate for you. So maybe that’s yearly, maybe that’s every two years. Like I said, I probably wouldn’t go longer than every three, but just have that rhythm of revisiting these things in your life so that in the meantime, sort of in the interim, during that year, during those two years, you don’t really stress about it. It’s not something that you’re letting lead you to any anxiety or any frustration, but maybe there’s just kind of an open awareness. If there seems to be something that the Holy Spirit is inviting you into more and more.

Jill Simons [00:09:03]:

And to be responsive to that and then to kind of backstop that process with revisiting your assessment on a semi-regular basis so that you have that more objective checkpoint to rely on so that you’re not left kind of in this cycle that can become really anxiety ridden. You’re actually able to step a lot more freely into using what you have now and knowing that you are going to revisit this in a way that’s going to help you step into more, potentially, in the future. So that’s my recommendation. A really practical way to execute on that is to put a yearly assessment on your calendar. Have that be something that’s maybe a yearly repeating thing, and every two year repeating thing. If you use Google Calendar is what I use and I know you can do that on there, but I’m sure other calendaring programs will do that as well. You can grab the link from our website and if for some reason it’s changed at that point there’ll be a redirect set up. So we’ll make sure that you get to where you’re supposed to go, even if you’re using potentially an old link.

Jill Simons [00:10:16]:

And that way you can just have that check in so that you can maintain that ongoing openness to the possibility that God is doing a new thing. Thanks so much for joining us on today’s episode of Charisms for Catholics. If you would like to learn more about your charisms or begin your own discernment journey, head to our website at https://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.