Inventory of Spiritual Gifts: Sacrificial Gifts

Inventory of Spiritual Gifts 
The Holy Spirit may bestow many gifts upon us to build-up His Church. Though not intended to be exclusive or exhaustive, the thirty major gifts listed here are all found in one form or another in Scripture. The gifts are arranged by Category and include a “brief” definition in parenthesis. Scripture references are listed in brackets:

Sacrificial and Consecrating Gifts (10):

Charity …ability to express the love of God to the Church, to neighbor, and to the world in such a way that it becomes a model of perfection of the purity and fidelity of our Lord’s love, and which includes in its expression such selfless ways as to perform Heroic Acts of Charity, and to sacrifice unto death for one’s neighbor  [Jn 14:23; 1 Cor 13; Jn 15:13]

Virtue…ability to practice Heroic Virtue: the four cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude) [Wis 8:7; 1 Pet 4:7; Lv 19:15; Col 4:1; Ps 118:14; Jn 16:33; Sir 5:2 (37:27-31); 18:30; Titus 2:12] and the three theological virtues (faith, hope, and charity) [2 Pet 1:4; 1 Cor 13:13; Rom 1:17; Gal 5:6; Heb 10:23; Titus 3:6-7; Jn 15:9-12; Mt 22:40; Rom 13:8-10; 1 Cor 13; Col 3:14] in a continuing extraordinary way out of just and worthy service to the People of God and the Church

Martyrdom …ability to willingly and joyfully sacrifice oneself for the cause of Christ in service to others and to the Church, in fidelity to His Truth, in the face of persecution, ridicule, loss of reputation or position, or other sufferings from the world, friends, or family — even unto death [1 Cor. 13:3]

Celibacy …ability to offer to God one’s chastity, with Christ as one’s exclusive Spouse, and thereby renounce, for the greater glory of God and for His service, one’s right to marriage and family  [1 Cor. 7:7; Mt 19:1-12; 1 Cor 7:32]

Poverty…ability to renounce and be unencumbered with the material riches and things of this world,which distract from the sacred things of God, in order to serve others and the Church that others might come to know the wealth of Christ  [Mt 19:21; Eph 3:9ff; 2 Cor 8:9]

Obedience …ability to renounce the will and desires of the self to order and direct one’s life and thereby to submit to another’s authority, in the service of God and the Church, so that others might know the freedom of being co-heirs in God’s kingdom  [Jn 8:29; 4:34; 14:15,21]

Substantial Silence …ability to be still and know that God is God in a manner that quiets the self and thereby reaches profound levels of meditation and contemplation in such a way that others may profoundly come to know the presence of the Lord  [Ps 46:10; Zec 2:13]

Substantial Solitude…ability to be alone with God without need of the normal human interaction and social intercourse in such a way that others may come to a profound knowledge of the presence of the Divine Companion [Lk 5:15-16; Mk 1:35; Mt 6:6]

Prayer …ability to pray boldly, strongly, and unceasingly for others in such a way that they might experience the divine action of Jesus’ love in their lives  [Mt 6:6; Pr 15:8, Phil 4:6; Jas 5:15; Eph 6:18]

Penance/Mortification …ability to live a life of penance and mortification in such a way that
others may turn daily to a conversion to Christ and further to be inspired to the perfection that arouses the soul to God  [2 Tim 2:4; Mt 5:39-48]

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