Let’s delve into the captivating and diverse charism of music. Whether you have been graced with this charism or wish to understand it better, let’s explore how music can be a powerful tool for sharing God’s goodness.

The Essence of the Music Charism

The music charism is unique in that it can either be a person’s highest or lowest charism score. It is not a talent that can be learned or acquired, but rather a gift bestowed upon an individual by the Holy Spirit. Those with this charism are empowered to draw people into a deeper relationship with God through the experience of music. Whether it’s instrumental or vocal, it becomes a conduit for encountering and praising God.

Differentiating Between Talent and Charism

The litmus test for discerning the music charism lies not in technical brilliance or superior skills but in the ability to help others encounter God through it. A functional musician who may not possess extraordinary musicality can still possess the music charism if their music resonates deeply within others and aids in their spiritual growth. On the other hand, someone exceptionally skilled in it may lack the spiritual element required to connect people with God beyond the natural level.

Expression of the Music Charism

The music charism extends beyond performance to composition, songwriting, and even being a conductor. If you find yourself drawn towards composing music that brings people closer to God, you may possess the composition aspect of this charism. Similarly, if your gift lies in crafting lyrics that facilitate encounters with the divine, it may lean more towards the writing charism. Embracing these expressions of this charism can open doors for service within the Church.

Serving the Church with Music

When you discern the music charism within yourself, it becomes essential to consider how your gift can serve the larger Church community. This may involve playing during worship, participating in musical ensembles, or even pursuing a career as a music director for a parish. Embrace the opportunities that align with your charism, knowing that being compensated for your talent does not invalidate the charism but rather sustains and supports the gifts God has given you.

Bringing God’s Presence Through Music

This charism brings an increased awareness of how others experience grace through your music. While it may not reach those who are completely estranged from God, your music can serve as a bridge, touching hearts and leading them closer to the Divine. Recognizing the transformative power music holds, approach every opportunity to sing or play with a mindset that embraces the Holy Spirit’s presence within your music.

This charism is a phenomenal gift that enables individuals to share God’s goodness through melodies. Regardless of technical brilliance, your music can create a profound spiritual impact on others, drawing them into a deeper relationship with God. Embrace every opportunity to use your music charism to serve the Church, whether through performance, composition, or being involved in the worship ministry. As you allow the Holy Spirit to be the guiding force in your music, may you truly show others the love of God and inspire them to encounter the Divine through the beauty of music.

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. I am so excited to talk to you about Music. This is a charism that so often is extremely high or extremely low for people. This is a really common highest and a really common lowest, which I think is really funny because this is one that you have or you do not. And there are a lot of people that will get like a six or an eight on music and that will be their lowest one.

Jill Simons [00:00:59]:

And there’s nothing wrong with that. That is not a gift that you’ve been given. And people that do have a Music charism, it’s going to really empower them to share God’s goodness through music. So that can look like instrumental music or vocal music. But regardless of which way it is, it really invites people into deeper relationship with God through the experience of the music. And one of the big questions I get is kind of differentiating this charism from a talent. And the best litmus test I know is not are you the best musician that anybody has ever heard or ever come across? But does your music help people encounter God? And that is really where the crux of the matter is. I have definitely come across people who are functional musicians,

Jill Simons [00:01:55]:

like they are able to play music, they’re able to sing, that actually have a Music charism where even though it’s not like the most beautiful music you’ve ever heard in your life, it really helps you to encounter God, it really helps you to pray. And so therefore, because of that, that is a charism that they’ve been given, as opposed to someone who is maybe the most technically brilliant musician you’ve ever heard but there’s not necessarily a spiritual element to it. They’re not necessarily helping people connect with God beyond the natural level. And so I experience this a lot amongst choral and historical religious music, there will be this element where you can tell whether it’s the composer or the conductor or the musicians playing the music, that there is just an incredible presence of the Holy Spirit in the music. That is what a charism for Music sounds like. And that is an important point that I forgot to mention at the beginning. There can also be a composition aspect of this.

Jill Simons [00:03:03]:

So maybe you are not the person technically playing the music, but you might be the composer of music or the lyrics writer who helps people encounter God through the very specific medium of music. If you are more of a lyricist, there’s a higher likelihood that that’s actually going to be a Writing charism. And you likely would have ranked highly for Writing over Music. But if it’s composition, if it’s playing the music, if it’s singing, then that is highly likely to be the Music charism itself. And this is something that really draws you towards your role, like all of them in the Church, knowing that when there is a musical element to something that your Church, especially your local church, is needing, that that is something you really need to consider. It’s not every time they need you to play music you have to say yes. But that is something that has been given to you to serve the larger Church. And so it’s very, very worth your time to consider all the opportunities to do that.

Jill Simons [00:04:09]:

It is also a great sign that you might be being called into a career in that if that’s of interest to you. Being a music director or something like that for a parish is a very fitting role for someone with this charism. And it doesn’t invalidate the charism to be paid to do that for the Church. That is part of the Lord providing for you through the use of your charisms. And so some people get kind of anxious about those things overlapping and it seeming like the main function of your job being something that’s actually a charism, that’s okay, that is part of how the Lord wants to perpetuate these gifts in his Church. And so when you have a music charism there’s really going to be this greater awareness of people listening and people experiencing your music to a certain extent potentially corresponding to their awareness of grace. So it’s not necessarily something that is going to sift through or get through to someone who is totally away from God and not open to God’s presence, but it absolutely could. Your music could be something that is someone’s bridge into really encountering the Lord, which is just a beautiful thing to keep in mind when you’re using it and really coming to each opportunity to sing or to play music with this awareness that you are in this role to help people encounter God.

Jill Simons [00:05:40]:

And that when you play or when you sing, the Holy Spirit shows up. That is a powerful thing to remind yourself of prior to playing music for people or to creating music for people to worship. It’s not the same kind of thing as making something happen by saying it. That’s a very new age thing. You hear a lot like, oh, I’m going to say it. And so it will come to be this is really not about that. It’s about bringing your mindset, bringing your awareness into alignment with what’s already happening. We want to identify that music is your charism so that you can value that.

Jill Simons [00:06:21]:

And so when you come into a situation to play music, especially if you’re not the most technically gifted musician in the entire world. You can be like, no, this is really important that I do this. Not because I’m awesome, not because I am special and crazy in some way, but because the Holy Spirit has made it really clear to me that when I do this, he shows up in a very powerful way. And that’s what I want. I want to make the Holy Spirit present. And this is the means that I have been given to do that. And so I’m going to show up to every opportunity to do that with that in mind, putting him first and really showing others through the use of my charism that I believe that I am allowing the Holy Spirit to be the one that’s the acting principle here in the music and in the art that I’m creating. Thanks so much for joining us on today’s episode of Charisms for Catholics.

Jill Simons [00:07:22]:

If you would like to learn more about your charisms or 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.