Charity

 

Charity or Love is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for His own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves, for the love of God. Charity is a queen virtue because it unites God and man in perfect love, and also unites man to neighbor, for the love of God. Jesus has made Charity the new commandment: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I loved you.” (John 13:34) Christ demands that we love everyone, especially our enemies, our neighbors, and widows, and to love children and the poor as Christ himself. Charity purifies and raises human love to the perfection of God’s love.

The apostle Paul has given us an incomparable definition of charity:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not arrogant, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, and it does not harbor ill feelings over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.”  (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Charity is the greatest of the three Theological Virtues. In Heaven, Faith and Hope will cease for we won’t need Faith for what we already know, nor Hope for what we already possess. But we will love God and our neighbor forever.

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