Spiritual Gifts Inventory
“Now concerning the spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be uninformed.” 1Cor 12:1.
St. Paul wants all of us to be aware of our personal spiritual gifts. At baptism we begin a special relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit which grows every day. Baptism opens each of us to spiritual gifts, talents or charisms that help in the building up of the Body of Christ on earth. When we are baptized, we receive His Holy Spirit in a deep and spiritual way. On Pentecost Sunday, Peter repeated Joel’s words, “I will pour out my Spirit upon all.” Acts 2:17. From the day of Pentecost, the Church has celebrated and administered Baptism. Throughout our life our baptism is still working. Its waters of refreshment, love and service are still giving us life today.
The purpose of this program is to confirm the work that Jesus has begun in us through baptism. We can use our spiritual gifts and talents to serve Jesus, His Church, His people and His world.
Jesus “willed to make us holy and save us, not as individuals without any bond or link between us, but rather to make us into a people who might acknowledge him and serve him in holiness.” The Holy Spirit “distributes special graces among the faithful of every rank. By these gifts he makes them fit and ready to undertake various tasks and offices for the renewal and building up of the Church. These gifts or charisms are to be received with thanksgiving and consolation since they are fitting and useful for the needs of the Church.” Vatican II, Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Sections 9 and 12.
Process for Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts
The same Holy Spirit, who dwells in Jesus, is in you. The same Holy Spirit who enabled and empowered Mary to be the Mother of God dwells in you. Realize the power of the Holy Spirit is in you. Welcome all gifts and charisms. Bear fruit with your gifts, and celebrate the gifts of others. Expect great things to happen when you are using your spiritual gifts.
“Whether extraordinary or simple and humble, charisms are graces of the Holy Spirit which directly or indirectly benefit the Church, ordered as they are to her building up, to the good of all, and to the needs of the world. They are a wonderful rich grace for the apostolic vitality and for the holiness of the entire Body of Christ,” CCC 799-800.
Outline of the St Louis Program
Step One to have knowledge about spiritual gifts from
- The Bible
- Second Vatican Council
- The Catechism (CCC)
- Popes, especially Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI
- The United States Bishops (USCCB)
- Prayerfully complete the survey
- Score the survey
- Identify your five strongest gifts
- Receive the Church’s teaching on your five strongest gifts
- Share with others in a small group
This survey is one way to clarify and recognize our gifts. Our Catholic Faith tells us that each person’s spiritual gifts have been given uniquely. We are each one piece of the body of Jesus on the earth today. All can use their gifts in their families, parishes, at work, or throughout the world.
Check the SGI Page for upcoming inventories
For more information contact Catholic Renewal Center 314.731.6100 or [email protected]