Today is the third day in our mini cyber-retreat. I will be reflecting on the Theological Virtue of Charity. Please join me in prayer and contemplation.
Day 3 – Charity
“And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.”
“Charity 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 (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1822).” Charity is Love; the highest form of Love. Charity is a mutual self-giving, an emptying – freely and without reserve – of the depths of one’s own self towards another. This virtue is most perfectly expressed in Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross by which He redeemed us.
Charity is the greatest virtue because it is the only one that will last eternally. While faith and hope are vital for us here on earth, when this world passes away, they will pass away as well. Recall, faith enables us to believe and trust in the Lord, even when we cannot understand with our finite intellects. Hope is the anchor of our lives, it tethers us and prevents us from being carried away in the storms of life. Yet, when we die and enter the presence of Almighty God, all the unknowns will pass away and all the storms subside. With these trials overcome, faith and hope will no longer be necessary.Yet Charity will still remain. For all eternity we will stand in the Lord’s presence. We will Love Him with all our mind, all our soul and all our strength – freely and without any reserve. He will Love us right back, with Charity so intense it can never be outdone.
An eternal exchange of Charity, how beautiful. This thought alone ought to spur us on to that goal. It also impels us to practice this virtue in it’s imperfect form here on earth, amongst our brethren.
Oh Love Divine,
You are Love! Make our hearts like unto Your own! Help us to Love; teach us to love with your love! Amen.