Recognizing the Charismatic Gifts
of the Holy Spirit

Catholic theologians have not finalized a theology of the charismatic gifts. What follows is rooted in scripture, in various commentaries and in extensive experience of the charisms. "Common" charisms have human activities and as charisms presuppose a reliance on the Spirit. "Divine" Charisms (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, § 50) are supernatural manifestations of Divine power.

Common Charisms

Divine Charisms

— Fr. Tom Bill, C.S.C.

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI, addressing two charismatic groups, affirmed and promoted the charismatic emphasis of the young movements in the Church on October 31, 2008:

"The ecclesial movements and new communities, which bloomed after the Second Vatican Council, are a unique gift of the Lord and a precious resource for the life of the Church. . . .  They should be welcomed with trust and valued in their various contributions. . . .  The charisms arise as visible signs of the coming of the Holy Spirit, not as a historical event of the past, but as an always living reality. . . ."

"The Spirit himself, soul of the Church, acts in her in every age, and his interventions, mysterious and efficacious, manifest themselves in our times in a providential way.  The movements and new communities are like an inrush of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in contemporary society. . . ."

"One of the positive elements and aspects of the communities of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is precisely the importance given by them to the charisms and gifts of the Holy Spirit and their merit lies in having reminded the Church of the actuality [of these gifts] . . ."

The Pope emphasized the value and the importance of the new charisms in the Church, whose authenticity is guaranteed by the willingness to submit themselves to discernment from ecclesiastical authorities.