Learn more about the person God has created you to be. While we never want to put people (or ourselves) in a box and label them, self-knowledge allows a person to be aware of his/her strengths and weaknesses and work towards greater virtue and holiness. Self-knowlege can also improve human relationships on various levels and in various forums.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
357 Being in the image of God the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone. He is capable of self-knowledge, of self-possession and of freely giving himself and entering into communion with other persons. And he is called by grace to a covenant with his Creator, to offer him a response of faith and love that no other creature can give in his stead.
Socrates, who was predominantly interested in ethics, taught:
Self-knowledge is the sufficient condition to the good life. He identified knowledge with virtue. If knowledge can be learned, so can virtue. Thus, virtue can be taught.
The unexamined life is not worth living. One must seek knowledge and wisdom before private interests. Knowledge is sought as a means to ethical action.
The following tools are offered as means for St. Francis of Assisi Parishioners (Residents and Students) to grow in self-knowledge and therefore, continue more diligently along the path of righteousness and holiness.
What one truly knows is the dictates of one's conscience or soul.
Disclaimer: These "inventories" are simply tools. They are not to be used to discriminate against or judge other parishioners or those outside of St. Francis.
Discerning Your Charisms - A Charism is the Greek word used in the New Testament for "favor" or "gratuitous gift." Charisms, or spiritual gifts, are special abilities given to Christians by the Holy Spirit to enable them to be powerful channels of God's love and redeeming presence in the world and are for building up the Chruch. This inventory can help you pinpoint the best places to begin your discernment, a process that takes time. Becoming clear about the gifts we have been given alow us to seek and understand the ways in which God seems to regularly use us for His Kingdom.
The Five Love Languages - What if you could say or do just the right thing guaranteed to make that special someone feel loved? The secret is learning the right love language!
The Four Temperaments - “Temperament, then, is a fundamental disposition of the soul, which manifests itself whenever an impression is made upon the mind, be that impression caused by thought – by thinking about something or by representation through the imagination – or by external stimuli. Knowledge of the temperament of any person supplies the answer to the questions: How does this person deport himself? How does he feel moved to action whenever something impresses him strongly?”