Traditional † Catholicism: Charity

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“What is Charity? A supernatural habit of the
mind whereby we love God above all things for His own sake, and ourselves and
our neighbor for Him. It is a theological virtue [like Faith and Hope], but
higher than they, and the only *eternal* one of the three. Faith and Hope will
take us as far as the threshold of eternity, but when we actually enter it,
they will have fallen away. Only of Charity St. Paul has said: ‘Charity never
falleth away, never dies’; it is eternal, like God Himself, like the Holy
Spirit Who pours it into our hearts; and of such surpassing excellence that
only the Divine Spirit can infuse it; of a quality that no human force or even
the strength of the Seraphim, the spirits of love, can impart to us.” ~Fr.
Escribano

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“Even supposing –an impossible supposition, of
course– that every virtue were enshrined in my soul, my whole existence a most
fertile soil and limitless source of heroism, if I lack Charity, “nihil mihi prodest, nihil sum”; it would
avail me nothing, I should count for nothing (Cor. xiii, 3). Charity is
necessary —necessitate medii— for
my justification and salvation. Who does not love God is in sin…. Whoever
appears before the Judgment-seat of God without the cloth-of-gold garment of
divine love will have his part and lot with the hypocrites in the unquenchable
fire.” ~Fr. Escribano

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“O God, let the solemn, imperative, and burning
proclamation which accompanied the issuing of the great precept of love on
Mount Sinai serve to impel my entry into the Kingdom of those that love Thee: ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy
whole heart and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole strength and with thy
whole mind’
(Deut. vi, 5)… ‘for
this is the greatest and the first commandment’
(Matt. xxii, 37).” ~Fr.
Escribano

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“The act of least outward significance, for
instance, to give someone a drink of water, if done out of supernatural charity
is of greater value in the sight of the Supreme Judge than the tortures of a
St. Laurence if endured without Charity.” ~Fr. Escribano

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“…Because it is so necessary to love [to have
Charity] in man’s life, God has imposed it upon him as a precept… and has
placed it at the head of His commandments… and He has even summarized in it
all the other (precepts). He who loves, keeps already all the other
commandments.” ~Fr. Villar



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