Important Letter from the Vatican Regarding Its New Stance On Spiritual Gifts
new release from the church welcomes parishioners with gifts such as healing, prophecy, and discernment, urges others to do the same
amanda linette meder
For the Spanish version of this article on the Vatican approving spiritual gifts, click here.
On May 16, 2016, the Vatican quietly released a letter that started to change how our profession has publicly shifted in perception over the past several years.
Now that some time has passed and the dust has settled, let’s discuss.
A church document quietly released this last year, from The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, called The Church Rejuvenates or Iuvenescit Ecclesia.
This letter, intended for the Church’s Bishops to read, discusses the Church’s relationship between the hierarchical doctrine of the church and the charismatic gifts of its members, with respect to the mission and continued life of the church.
Charismatic gifts in the biblical literature are the spiritual gifts in metaphysical literature. The Charismatic Gifts, as defined by Wikipedia, otherwise known as the Spiritual Gifts, includes these spiritual abilities:
The word of wisdom
The word of knowledge
The gift of healing
The gift of miracles
The gift of prophecy
The discernment of spirits
Diverse kinds of tongues
Interpretation of tongues
And many more, while this is not a complete list, it is important to note:
In previous times, many hundreds of thousands of people were persecuted for these gifts, but not anymore.
The Vatican now urges its members to accept and welcome with loving arms other members of its congregation who express such gifts. This is a huge turnaround because it's something that some lay people and their families have been waiting to see happen for 400-600 years.
The Church further goes on to say that being in one or more of these professions can lead to such gifts:
Someone who helps and service people
A government (or those in leadership ability)
So if you are in one of these professions, take note. You're predisposed.
The charismatic gifts, as they are described in the Bible, were first reported in the context of Christianity on the Day of the Pentecost, which was a feast day that celebrated the harvest, originally a Jewish holiday taking place in the spring-summer.
It was also on this day, some 2,000 years later, that the Catholic Church re-welcomes in these gifts from laypeople or otherwise, members of its congregation in this new letter.
Now, since the church has spent the last 500-600 years persecuting those who displayed these gifts, this is not exactly something they went knocking on our doors to let us know about, so it was only discovered by the metaphysical community only recently.
Regardless, the church’s released letter on May 16, 2016, is important.
What the new letter means to laypeople (non-members of the church/members that do not hold office) with gifts:
The persecution of those with spiritual gifts within the context of the church and its tenants is over
The restriction of spiritual gifts to members of higher order only has been now released, as they validate that all people can express gifts of the Holy Spirit
Lay people in the context of the church are now encouraged and supported to express their gifts more than ever before in history
More and more people are going to feel comfortable coming forward with their gifts and release their shame of using or having them
A lot of people are going to feel liberated from the confines of their faith and their family members who follow the doctrine of that faith.
Most importantly, this letter means you no longer have to be afraid of social persecution or religious exile from the church or its members as the Vatican urges parishioners to welcome those embodying the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Even with a few small caveats in the letter regarding church membership, the letter explains that it is now important for those in church to work with and support those who have the charismatic gifts, for the evolution of the church, even going so far to urging congregation members to be accepting and welcoming of lay moments.
Here are some quotes from the letter:
“Happily the awareness has grown of the multiform action of the Holy Spirit in the Church, thus arousing a particular attentiveness to the charismatic gifts by which at all times the People of God are enriched in order to carry out their mission.”
“1 Cor 12:7 Paul declares that, to each individual, the manifestation of the spirit is given for some benefit.”
“Mary, recognized as the Mother of the Church, and we, full of confidence have recourse to her that, through her efficacious help and powerful intercession, the charisms are abundantly bestowed by the Holy Spirit among the faithful, and may they be received with docility and bear the fruit of life and mission of the Church and for the good of the world.”
Very validating stuff here. To see more view the full letter, here.
This was a breakthrough letter to the metaphysical community because what it means is that all charismatic gifts are now being officially supported by the church, something that people have been persecuted for, by that same group, for centuries.
Fenesa Dilworth of the Mandala Soul School Blog says of this announcement:
"We've all felt the isolation or judgment from the church, and it has pulled at our hearts because what we do is so beautiful and Divinely led. What an opportunity to healing that rift this is.
As a life time lover of Christ and an equal lover of all faiths, I'm dancing in my living room with this news!"
Anita McMillen, a psychic medium based in New Hampshire writes:
"I was brought up Catholic, I am still a Catholic. As a child I saw and knew things others did not see or know. I have always known this was a gift from God."
I remember reading John 12:14 that says, 'He that believeth in me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.' This has been one of my mantras. I was happy to see this article about the Vatican approving of Spiritual Gifts. Many other's did not see things as I did and still do, that these gifts were given to myself and others from our Father. Maybe this article will help to clear some of these things up!”
So take a moment to think about the implications of what this means for you.
Given the very quiet release of this letter, and it’s equally quiet response, and the history of pain and hardship the previous regime and official viewpoints have carried, my guess is that while we can’t expect an official apology coming from the church anytime soon, the snow that made up the once frozen land of Narnia is now melting.
Meaning, let’s all toast a glass of liberation - for ourselves, our ancestors, some who have struggled with the oppression of their gifts for centuries, looking forward for the days to come and being grateful for all who have prayed for this, both in this lifetime and in lifetimes past.
Amanda Linette Meder
Note: This topic was previously released in the membership program where it was discussed in detail before making it public here and if you are from a religious family who has previously persecuted you for your abilities, I highly suggest printing out the full document here, as it covers biblical scripture validating both the use and celebration of such gifts and a few bits of necessary fine print.
For further reading:
Why charismatic gifts are so important (Jenna Cooper)
CDF Letter on hierarchical & charismatic gifts within the Church (Vatican Radio)
Vatican's doctrinal congregation calls on bishops, lay movements to respect each other (National Catholic Reporter)
Spiritual Gifts and The Church - My Dream of Love, Unity & Acceptance (Fenesa Dilworth)
Last updated: 04.01.2017