YOU ARE CALLED
(have a “personal vocation” and “unrepeatable life project” to
a mission to fulfill, a task to do which has been given to no one else)
(have special graces called spiritual gifts or charisms which serve the
vocation and that need to be identified
for the call to become clear and the Body of Christ to function
interdependently as God has designed it)
Did You Know?
As an organic community, the Body of Christ is "characterized by
diversity and a complementarity
of vocations and states in life, of ministries, of charisms and
YOU ARE CALLED?
member of the lay faithful should always be fully aware of being a
member of the church yet entrusted with a unique task which cannot be
done by another and which is to be fulfilled for the good of
calls the individual in Jesus Christ, each personally by name.
Each personally receives a mission on behalf of the church and
personal vocation and mission defines the dignity and responsibility
of each member of the lay faithful."
fundamental objective of the formation of the lay faithful is an
ever-clearer discovery of one's vocation and the ever-greater
willingness to live it so as to fulfill one's mission." (Quotes from
YOU ARE GIFTED?
with his call reaches the heart of each individual and the
Spirit...gives himself to each Christian with different charisms and
special signs. Each one, therefore, must be helped to embrace
the gift entrusted to him (or her) as a completely unique person.
person is required first to have a knowledge and discernment of his or
her own charisms and those of others."
from Pastores Dabo Vobis)
Pope John Paul II in his September 21, 1994 General Audience said:
is obvious that in addition to a considerable development in the doctrine
of the charisms, there has also been a new flowering of active lay people
in the church; it is not by chance that the two facts have occurred at the
same time. It is all the work of the Holy Spirit..."
as Cardinal Joseph Bernardin said in The New World, 1/7/83:
analysis "'limited to vocations to the priesthood and religious life
implicitly assumes that these are the only real vocations. To the
extent this attitude prevails, it can only worsen the crisis posed by the
shortage of priests and religious."
“You Are Called and Gifted” Gift Discovery Program is
directed to an “unleashing” goal:
"...each individual can identify the truth of his (or her) own being
and the identity of the personal and unrepeatable life project which the
Father entrusts to him (or her)." Pastores
His" will help you and those in your parish:
Body of Christ as being designed to function interdependently like the
human body, each with a crucial part
meaning of "spiritual gift" with Scripture references and gift
descriptions, their difference from talents, roles and Confirmation's
Gifts/Fruits of the Spirit
a Spiritual Gifts Inventory to assist in the discernment process of
identifying our special graces
mixes" and how they color our concerns, affect our focus and
and questions we can ask ourselves to help identify our vocational call
as gifted, unique persons who are called by name
meaning of “personal vocation and one's "proper place" in
the Body of Christ as linked with our gifts and call
Call Beyond the Gifts" as key to conversion, transformation and
sanctification -- also Christ’s incarnation in us
Attention Parish Leaders in the Diocese of Rockville Centre:
a free copy of this wonderful Spiritual Gift Assessment tool, please
of Rockville Centre
e-mail us at:
(While supplies last.)