Monday 13th February: What is Charity?

The theme of this school week is: Charity

The Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Reflection

Charity is one of those words that we think we know what it means – “giving money to charity”.
Christian charity however tends to have a variety of different meanings. It can be simply showing love to the poor, or it can be that Christians are called to show the love of Christ through their daily lives. Showing the love of God through charitable acts is something all Christians can do.

Many dictionaries define charity as “Christian love.” This form of Christian love is also described as agape love — “the love of Christians for other persons, corresponding to the love of God for humankind.”
There are many practical opportunities for you to show Christian charity. People are in need of help on a daily basis, and you can help by donating money to the less fortunate, helping at a soup kitchen, donating food or clothing, writing encouraging notes, volunteering at your church, and so on. Look for needs and help fill them.  It is easier than ever to find people in need.

Spend a moment thinking about how you can be charitable today?

Prayer

O Lord God, I love you above all things
and I love my neighbor for your sake
because you are the highest, infinite and perfect
good, worthy of all my love.
In this love I intend to live and die.
Amen.

Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.

St Joseph pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.