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CHARISMS OF SERVICE

Supernatural gifts described by St. Paul, conferred on persons in the service of the faithful: 1. almsgiving (Romans 12:8), the receiving of supernatural tact in service of the poor and needy with simplicity of intention; 2. manifestation of mercy (Romans 12:8), the quality of showing compassion for the unfortunate, the imprisoned, and the sick, along with the ability to remain always cheerful even under duress; 3. helpfulness (I Corinthians 12:28), the gift of simplicity in being of ready service to anyone in need; 4. leadership (I Corinthians 12:28), distinct from the charism of administration as a supernatural gift of taking the initiative and of directing others for the good of the Mystical body.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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