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Term:   charism
Definition: A gift or power conferred by the Holy Spirit on a Christian for the good of the Church.


POS (part of speech). Can be more than one:
     POS 1: N/phrase     
     POS 2: ---

 

Term type ('EntryTerm' if no other applies):
     Type 1: EntryTerm     
     Type 2: ---

 

Term status:
     for POS 1: Neologism     
     for POS 2: ---
(General=also found outside Salesian usage; Salesian=possibly not well understood beyond Salesian circles; Neologism, Archaic, Deprecated refer to the term's status in Salesian discourse)

 

Recommended equivalent (it): carisma

 

(In most cases the Italian term will be the official source term. In other cases below, if the term has its source in another language, this will be indicated by an [S] following the term.)

 

Recommended equivalent (es):

 

Recommended equivalent (fr):

 

Recommended equivalent (pt):

 

Suggested equivalent (other):

 

Other language:
Language code chosen from IANA registry]

 

Synonyms:

 

Geographical/Regional usage:

 

Description:
While the term goes back to St Paul (cf. 1 Corinthians), one can search in vain for it in Salesian literature until 1977, when Fr ViganÚ became Rector Major, hence we indicate this term as a neologism. It came into its own as a result of the Second Vatican Council and in particular the subsequent documentation on consecrated life and the 'founding charism' or 'charism of the founder', though Vatican II itself spoke rather of the 'spirit of the founder', other terms like 'charism of the founder' coming later. At this point it became much clearer that as consecrated life is not part of the Church's very constitution, but a result of gifts of the Holy Spirit, there is a distinction between the 'ecclesial structure' and the 'charismatic structure'.  Consecrated life, religious life belong to the latter. This is an important distinction in the Church's life today.

 

Context (examples of use):
The charism of the founder is an experience of the Spirit (ViganÚ, 8 Feb 1995).

 

Other notes:

 

 

  

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POS (part of speech). A term may be more than one POS
(1) (2)

 

   


Term type ('EntryTerm' if no other applies)
(1) (2)   
[Initialisms like AGC are regarded as acronyms; a term like 'Bro.' is an abbreviation; an example of short form instead would be the main part of a very long book title (most of DB's book titles! 'Giovane Provveduto' is a short form). A loan term is not translated whereas a calque is. A blend is where two (or more) morphemes or 'word' parts have been combined to form a single term, as in the case of 'austraLasia'. Choose variant when there exists at least one other common form of the term. ]

 


Term status (General=also found outside Salesian usage; Salesian=possibly not well understood beyond Salesian circles; Neologism, Archaic, Deprecated refer to the term's status in Salesian discourse)
(1) (2)   
[Archaic refers to terms that have fallen out of regular use. Deprecated indicates official disapproval or if not disapproval, official abandonment at least. A neologism is a term that has come into play relatively recently - say, since Vatican II, but the time frame can be flexible.]

 

Recommended equivalent (it). In most cases the Italian term will be the official source term

   

 

 

Recommended equivalent (es)

   

 

 

Recommended equivalent (fr)

   

 

 

Recommended equivalent (pt)

   

 

 

Suggested equivalent (other) (Where it is the source term indicated with [S] and appropriate language code [chosen from IANA registry])

   

 


   

 

 


Definition
  
[The definition should not be imagined! It is assumed that it exists either in a reputable dictionary (or at least in similar words) or in some authoritative Salesian reference (e.g. the Constitutions, AGC or similar public document, Lenti's 7 volume series, and so on]

 


Synonyms
  

 


Geographical/Regional usage
  
[Certain terms are common in restricted parts of the Congregation. We have one 'prior' but only in INB; in some parts of Asia the Salesian community is called a 'convent', but not elsewhere]

 


Description

[Etymological information, mostly]

 


Context (examples of use)

[English usage, obviously]  

 


Other notes
  
[Room here for more personal observations, private opinion if felt to be useful]

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