Catholic Accent The Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 Volume 54, No. 10 On the Journey of a Lifetime with the people of the Diocese of Greensburg, Pa. Life is always sacred October is Respect Life Month/See page 4 Pope: Holy Spirit bestows ‘precious gifts’ on everyone By Carol Glatz CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE VATICAN CITY— Everyone has a special gift to offer the whole church; just make sure it is not used to puff up one’s own pride or create division, Pope Francis said. “It is a gift that God has given to some-one not because he or she is a better person than someone else or because she or he deserves it,” the pope said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 1. God gives gifts freely out of love so that they can be “put at the service of the whole community for the good of all people,” he said. The pope continued a series of talks on the nature of the Catholic Church, focus-ing on charisms — or precious gifts the Holy Spirit bestows on individuals for the edification of the church. “But what is a charism exactly? How can we recognize it and receive it?” he asked. In the wider sense of the word, most people think of a charism as having to do with a particular talent or skill or a cer-tain kind of charm seen in people who get labeled as “charismatic,” he said. But in the Christian sense, it’s more than that; it is “a grace, a gift bestowed on us by God the Father through the action of the Holy Spirit,” he said. Critically, these gifts must be discovered Continued on page 2 FOR UPDATES ON LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS, VISIT: WWW.DIOCESEOFGREENSBURG.ORG ADDRESS LABEL INSIDE THIS ISSUE Page 7 Hundreds of people gather for Evangelization and Faith Formation Conference. Page 6 Several diocesan parishes embracing ChristLife model of evangelization. Page 9 This week the new parish youth page features one young person’s unique perspective on life in the church.