Using words to create works of truth or beauty that reflect human experience and bring glory to God
The Charism of Writing was one of my top scores in the Called and Gifted Questionnaire. During my one to one conversation, my Interviewer was visibly moved by a piece of my writing that I shared with her and she said I should value and store my prayers and poems so that future generations could savour them.
When I completed the questionnaire, the results were refreshingly surprising and the one to one conversation that followed was a revelation! My top charism appeared to be Writing with Teaching fairly close behind.
I left the Called and Gifted Personal Conversation in a bubbling spirit. The outcome had resulted in an unexpected challenge which I viewed almost as a mission, a new lease of life: to explore the charism of Writing!
Why did I choose to respond to Called and Gifted? The timing was right. I’m a mother of five, my children are growing up, the youngest has just entered secondary school. Although I still work full time, I had a sense of wanting to fill the free time beginning to emerge with something meaningful. My faith is very important to me so if I was “called and gifted” and had something that I could give back to my community, then that would be a result. I wasn’t sure what the programme entailed but was willing to trust the process to see what came out of it. And am I glad I did!
When I filled in the Called and Gifted Inventory, I had the highest possible score for the Charism of Knowledge - the statements seemed to fit me like a glove.
I read and study a great deal to understand the universe God has made. Over the years I have enjoyed reading about all sorts of topics, and usually read non-fiction rather than fiction. I don’t think I have ever grown out of the childhood phase of asking ‘why’. ‘Why is the sky blue?’ ‘Why is the moon orange tonight?’
For me, the exploration of the ‘writing charism’ continues and even today I’m intrigued - in what way am I called to use this charism of writing? Will anyone benefit? I don’t have all the answers. Well my realisation so far is that charisms don’t always manifest themselves in the way I expect. I have not written long essays and spiritual writings.