American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Christianity Charisma.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Eccles., a special spiritual gift or power divinely conferred, as on the early Christians. These gifts were of two classes, the gift of healing and the gift of teaching, the latter again being of two kinds, the gift of prophecy and the gift of tongues. Such gifts have been claimed in later ages by certain teachers and sects in the church, as the Montanists and the Irvingites, and in recent times by some of those who practise the so-called faith-cure.
- n. A power or authority, generally of a spiritual nature, believed to be a freely given gift by the grace of God.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl.) A miraculously given power, as of healing, speaking foreign languages without instruction, etc., attributed to some of the early Christians.
- Ancient Greek χάρις (kharis, "grace") (Wiktionary)
“The word charism means a gift freely and graciously given.”
“Live even more radically the mystery of your original vocation and charism, which is regarded as foolishness to the world but which is fully in accordance with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit: the exclusive love of the Lord and your fellow human beings in Him.”
“Reverend and dear Father, I am convinced that the Society senses the historic importance of this General Congregation and, guided by the Holy Spirit, wants once again -- as the beloved John Paul II said in January 1995 -- to reaffirm "unequivocally and without any hesitation its specific way to God, which St. Ignatius sketched in the 'Formula Instituti': loving fidelity to your charism will be the certain source of renewed effectiveness" Insegnamenti, vol.”
“A charism is a spiritual gift given by the Holy Spirit to communicate the incarnation in particular circumstances.”
“The word translated "gift" is charisma in Greek, although I am wondering if this truly is equivalent to the idea of charism being discussed here.”
“Fist of all, there is no such thing in moral theology as a 'charism of political discernment'; a charism is a gift of the Holy Spirit bestowed for the building up of the Body of Christ, and wisdom is undoubtedly a gift of the Holy Spirit.”
“We disregarded the "charism" of being a good husband or wife, mother or father, or even just a good person and promoted the extra-ordinary.”
“Lennon says he is exposing the dangerous and secretive group that is built around the "charism" of 87-year old Rev.”
“The gift which defines this point is also called charism, because normally it can be the vehicle of an “accent” in perceiving God, in perceiving Christ, in feeling Christ, in faithfulness to Christ, in sensing Christ’s greatness, in tenaciousness.”
“Church officials must reconcile two divergent views on the question whether the Legionaries have a "charism" and a "mission" given to them by God and already acknowledged by the Church.”
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