You Are Gifted!

Romans 12:6-8
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

St. Teresa of Avila once said that Christ has no hands on earth now but yours.  That is why, according to both Scripture and the Second Vatican Council every baptized person, not just the big-name saints, has received in his or her baptism charisms or spiritual gifts which grace us to build up the body of Christ with supernatural power.  Paul speaks of a small sample of these charisms in today’s verse (and in the rest of Romans 12).  There are many more.  Today, ask God to help you discover your spiritual gifts.  He has given them to you for a purpose and means to work through you for the good of His people when you exercise such gifts.

Mark Shea

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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