Taken From: “BLESSED BE GOD” by the Very Rev. Charles J. Callan, OP., S.T.M. and the Very Rev. John A. McHugh, O.P., S.T.M.
Imprimatur: Francis Cardinal Spellman, New York. September 11,1959
Image: Sándor Liezen-Mayer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
"Without charity, the outward work profiteth nothing; but whatever is done out of charity, be it ever so little and contemptible, it is all made fruitful; inasmuch as God regardeth more out of how much love a man doth a work, than how much he doth. He doth much who loveth much. He doth much who doth well what he hath to do. He doth well, who regardeth rather the common good than his own will. Oftentimes that seemeth to be charity which is rather a work of the flesh; for natural inclination, self-will, hope of reward, study of our own interest, will seldom be absent. (I. 15.)
Charity is the most excellent among the three virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity. Charity makes a friend of God and man. Charity, alone, may justify a sinner before confession if he possesses the desire to confess and receive absolution. Without charity all other virtues are dead. Charity makes all our actions contribute to our salvation. Charity never dies.
Love God first for His own sake, then for the blessings and graces he has bestowed. If I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. (CORINTHIANS XIII. I.)"