VIRTUE OF THE WEEK
Generosity, charity, self-sacrifice; the term should not be confused with the more restricted modern use of the word charity to mean benevolent giving. In Catholic theology, charity — or love — is the greatest of the three theological virtues.
Love, in the sense of an unlimited loving kindness towards all others, is held to be the ultimate perfection of the human spirit, because it is said to both glorify and reflect the nature of God. Such love is self-sacrificial.
Confusion can arise from the multiple meanings of the English word “love”. The love that is “caritas” is distinguished by its origin – being divinely infused into the soul – and by its residing in the will rather than emotions, regardless of what emotions it stirs up. This love is necessary for salvation, and with it no one can be lost.
This week let us strive to be more charitable. Love you friends, family, and neighbors. Love them by praying for them and speaking up when they are acting contrary to the law of God. Remember, there is no love in tolerating evil.
"My Lord, my God, teach me to love as I must. You were crucified for me, out of love for me. Grant me the grace and strength to sacrifice all for You."