Spiritual Gifts of the Holy Spirit

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.
Archdiocese of St. Louis, Spiritual Gifts Inventory

The Spiritual Gifts of the Holy Spirit are described in detail on this website.

Additional aspects of the Charisms are discussed below on this page under the topic “Charisms”.