Each and every one of us has been uniquely and creatively gifted to be a vessel through which LOVE is made manifest in our world. In service to this unique giftedness, we have also been blessed with a certain kind of magic which allows these gifts to be used in service to the betterment of the world and in ways that are no less than miraculous. In the Catholic tradition in which I was raised, this magic is referred to as charisms, known in other traditions as spiritual gifts or in the yogic tradition as siddhis.
From the perspective of the Catholic tradition, The Catherine of Siena Institute has identified twenty-six charisms or spiritual gifts:
- Discernment of Spirits
- Intercessory Prayer
- Voluntary Poverty
- Speaking in Tongues
- Interpretation of Tongues
A charism is not, however, to be confused with a gift or a talent. Talents are something we learn. Charisms are something with which we are endowed. The mark of a true charism is in its effortless accomplishment and in its miraculous fruits. When we are engaged in our charism, we find that the work of doing it is effortless and the results are far beyond what we know ourselves to be humanly capable of. The reason for this is that when engaged in our charism, it is not ourselves who are doing the work, but God doing it through us.
If you are in the Fox Valley, WI area, join us for the next eight weeks while we explore the question, “What is your magic?” All part of the weekly Superhero Gatherings. Choose from:
Monday 6:30 – 8:30 or Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:00 am
Authentic Freedom Academy
1103 School Ave. Oshkosh
Suggested Fee: $20.00 per session