from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Christianity Charisma.

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  • n. A power or authority, generally of a spiritual nature, believed to be a freely given gift by the grace of God.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A miraculously given power, as of healing, speaking foreign languages without instruction, etc., attributed to some of the early Christians.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Eccles., a special spiritual gift or power divinely conferred, as on the early Christians.


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Ancient Greek χάρις (kharis, "grace")


  • The word charism means a gift freely and graciously given.

    Archive 2008-04-20

  • 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.

    “Ne craignez pas, petit troupeau”.

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-01-20

  • A charism is a spiritual gift given by the Holy Spirit to communicate the incarnation in particular circumstances.

    What is the core of the Christian experience?

  • 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.

    Three quotes on charisms in the Church

  • 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.

    Just War Revisited

  • 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.

    A Word on Fr. Maciel

  • Lennon says he is exposing the dangerous and secretive group that is built around the "charism" of 87-year old Rev.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • 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.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • 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.

    Spero News


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