Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope speaks on sacraments, special charisms, and charity

Catholic World News - November 06, 2013

At his public audience on November 6, Pope Francis spoke about the spiritual goods that the members of the Church share: the sacraments, special charisms, and charity.

The Church “makes” the sacraments, the Pope said, but it would be equally true to say that the sacraments “make” the Church. He said that the sacraments “offer us the impetus to become missionaries, and the apostolic commitment to taking the faith to all places, even the most hostile, is the most authentic fruit of a steadfast sacramental life.”

Special charisms, the Pontiff continued, are given to particular people “for the edification of the Church.” He stressed: “Therefore, they are not given for the benefit of the recipient, but for use by the people of God.” These special gifts, in various ways, benefit the Church and help the faithful to grow in charity, he said.

Finally, charity is “an integral part of communion among Christians,” the Pope continued. He went on to say that true Christian charity is more than a general feeling of benevolence; “it is a communion that makes us able to enter into the joy and the pain of others in order to sincerely make them our own.”

Offering a concrete example of this charity, the Holy Father told his audience that he had recently visited with a young child, “aged just one and a half,” who is gravely ill. He asked the 50,000 people who had gathered in St. Peter’s Square to join him in an act of charity, saying a Hail Mary for that child.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($25,000 to go):
$25,000.00 $0.00
100% 0%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Essence of Evangelization 5 hours ago
The Finn resignation: 10 years too late, bishops face accountability 6 hours ago
Evangelization Itself 7 hours ago
Church Fathers: The Other Greek Apologists April 19
Mysteries, again and again! April 17

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16
Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Finn CWN - 17 hours ago