We may have important talents, but these are different from our charisms. Charisms are given to the baptized for the healing of the Body of Christ, the Church. When we exercise our charisms, others benefit. In fact, the results coming from the exercise of our charisms are indicators that we indeed have a charism. For example, do people make a special effort to thank you when you exercise your charism? Do you recognize the need of others and feel compelled to attend to that need? And when you attend to the needs of others – as a teacher, as an evangelist, as an administrator or in hospitality – do you feel centered, as if in prayer? These are some of the indicators of a charism, and by exercising them you offer a special gift to others, as special as one part of your body making a gift and uniquely serving your whole body.
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