The Holy Spirity forms Christ’s Body;25° by the sacraments, which give growth and healing to Christ’s members; by ‘the grace of the apostles, which holds first place among his gifts’;25’ by the virtues, which make us act according to what is good; finally, by the many special graces (called ‘charisms’), by which he makes the faithful ‘fit and ready to


undertake various tasks and offices for the renewal and building up

of the Church’.252



799 Whether extraordinary or simple and humble, charisms are


graces of the Holy Spirit which directly or indirectly benefit the

Church, ordered as they are to her building up, to the good of men and to the needs of the world. 8oo Charisms are to be accepted with gratitude by the person who receives them, and by all members of the Church as well. They are a wonderfully rich grace for the apostolic vitality and for the holiness of the entire Body of Christ, provided they really are genuine gifts of the Holy Spirit and are used in full conformity with authentic promptings of this same Spirit, that is, in keeping with charity, the true measure of all charisms.253 8oi It is in this sense that discernment of charisms is always necessary. No charism is exempt from being referred and submitted to


the Church’s shepherds. ‘Their office [is] not indeed to extinguish

the Spirit, but to test all things and hold fast to what is good’,254 so that all the diverse and complementary charisms work together


‘for the common good’.255


802 Christ Jesus ‘gave himselffor us to redeem us from all iniquity and to pur~fyfor himself a people of his own’ (Titus 2:14).

803 ‘You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people’ (i Pt 2:9).

804 One enters into the People of God by faith and Baptism. ‘All men are called to belong to the new People of God’ (LG 13), 50 that, in Christ, ‘men may form one family and one People of God’ (AG i).