charism

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Ancient Greek χάρις (kháris, grace)

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charism (plural charisms or charismata)

  1. (Christianity, theology) A power or authority, generally of a spiritual nature, believed to be a freely given gift by the grace of God.
    • 2007 April 14, Peter Steinfels, “A Catholic Debate Mounts on the Meaning of ‘Just War’”, in New York Times[1]:
      Reviewing the prudential warnings and moral qualms issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “it is hard not to conclude,” the editors write, “that the bishops’ charism, rather than the president’s, has better served the nation.”

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