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There are many examples of the charisms of the Holy Spirit, as they are many and varied. There’s good reason for this: we are many and varied! There are many charisms to fit the many personalities and modes of living that we have. Even more so, they combine and manifest in different ways in different people. That makes for endless variations! The main thing to remember about charisms are that charisms are supernatural, charisms are effective, and charisms are not static. The following list of charisms is according to the Catholic tradition.

Examples of the charisms of the Holy Spirit are: writing, craftsmanship, giving, helps, music, prophecy, discernment, service, administration, knowledge, pastoring, wisdom, faith, leadership, teaching, intercession, celibacy, evangelism, hospitality, healing, voluntary poverty, mercy, and missionary. What about tongues and discernment of tongues? They are outside of the scope of our charism discernment because they are received in a different mode. However, they, too, are charisms of the Holy Spirit. Again, this list of charisms is according to the Catholic tradition.

Here’s a little bit about each of the charisms of the Holy Spirit.

Writing

The first example of charisms is writing. This charism empowers an individual to use words to express truth, beauty, and goodness in ways that reflect the fullness of the human experience and deeply affect the reader.

Craftsmanship

This empowers an individual to show God’s goodness to the world through artistic, creative, or skilled work that brings order and beauty into other’s lives.

Encouragement

Encouragment empowers an individual to be an effective emissary of God’s love and nurturing nature through their presence, ability to listen, and words of comfort and counsel.

Giving

This example of a charism isn’t just giving gifts, it empowers an individual to be a conduit of God’s provision by practicing supernatural generosity with their time, talents, and resources.

Helps

This charism of the Holy Spirit sounds like you might just be there whenever anyone needs anything, but it’s more complex than that. Helps empowers an individual to be a particular support to another person’s service, ministry or vocation through the use of their own talents and gifts. We see this charism most frequently in those with a “right hand man/woman” type role in any organization.

Music

This empowers an individual to share God’s goodness through music in a way that invites others into deeper relationship with God. Of the charisms of the Holy Spirit, this one is often hard to discern vs. natural talent, but it’s helpful to add the litmus test of looking at not just the beauty or skill of the music, but at whether or not the music made invites others into a sense of wonder, faith, or experience of prayer.

Prophecy

This empowers an individual to hear from the Lord and share His messages with others in a way that encourages, instructs, and invites them into deeper relationship with God.

Discernment

Discernment, another example of a charism, empowers an individual to accurately and intuitively sense the spiritual source of something . This could be God, human, or demonic.

Service

This charism of the Holy Spirit isn’t just being a slave or servant for other people. It empowers an individual to see the needs in a community or organization and then do what is necessary to bridge the gap and support task at hand.

Administration

This empowers an individual to undertake and accomplish the planning and execution of projects and goals in a way that exceeds simply learned skills.

Knowledge

This charism is different than the gift of the Holy Spirit but the same name, but it is similar. Knowledge as a charism of the Holy Spirit empowers an individual to use their mind, study, and analytical skills to synthesize information that helps us better understand God and the world.

Pastoring

Pastoring doesn’t just mean being the pastor of a church or a priest; it’s much more inclusive than that. This charism empowers an individual to both build effective Christian community and enter into long term relationships of Christian formation that elevates the faith life of the people they serve.

Wisdom

Another charism of the Holy Spirit that is distinct from its gift of the Holy Spirit counterpart. Wisdom empowers an individual to creatively apply knowledge with insight to help solve problems, accomplish goals, or make decisions.

Faith

This charism of the Holy Spirit empowers an individual to trust God and His will to a supernatural degree and gives them great freedom to operate out of that trust in a way that builds the faith of the community. Faith is not exclusive to a certain set of job or vocational circumstances. All baptized persons have the gift of faith but the charism goes deeper.

Leadership

This one empowers an individual to share their vision for growth and change with others in a way that motivates and compels others to participate in that vision under their direction.

Teaching

This one might seem pretty obvious in application– teachers have the teaching gift!. But many people can display this in numerous ways. A parent teaches their child, and trainers and mentors teach their mentees. Teaching empowers an individual to communicate ideas, skills, and information in a way that is effective and empowering to those they teach, for the good of the student’s personal and spiritual formation.

Intercession

This charism of the Holy Spirit empowers an individual to pray without ceasing for the intercessions of others with great faith that prayer changes things and they often serve as a means by which God’s love reaches others.

Celibacy

In this list of charisms, this is perhaps the most Catholic. This one is pretty self-explanatory but it empowers an individual to be most fulfilled and fruitfully by remaining unmarried in devotion and obedience to Christ. It is always in conjunction with other gifts and creates a freedom to use and pursue those gifts totally. Obvious examples of this are priests and religious.

Evangelism

Most people who display this charism of the Holy Spirit are pretty loud and proud . Hello extroverts! It empowers an individual to share their faith in a way that is supernaturally effective – encouraging both conversion and dedication to the faith in those they minister to, so really anyone can have this gift.

Hospitality

This empowers an individual to open one’s heart and home to welcome others as if they are Christ himself, often by providing food, shelter, or relationship.

Healing

Healing doesn’t just mean supernatural physical healings. It empowers an individual to become a special expression of God’s love in the world by curing illness and restoring health – be it physical, inner, or relational.

Voluntary Poverty

This charism of the Holy Spirit empowers an individual to live in solidarity with the poor in a chosen and joyful way that helps build other’s faith and confidence in Jesus. If you’re Catholic, think of the Franciscans.

Mercy

This empowers an individual to share in Christ’s own empathy and compassion for others and urges them to practical actions to love and serve them.

Missionary

This charism of the Holy Spirit empowers an individual to care deeply about the salvation of people everywhere. That person is urged to act on that call by ministering to those in other cultures.

Learn more about this list charisms of the Holy Spirit in the Catholic tradition at Many Parts Ministries.

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