A little Charity Please…


Charity may be a very short word, but with its tremendous meaning of pure love, it sums, up man’s entire relation to God and to his neighbor. – St. Aelred of Rievaulx

 

 

 

Charity… What is Charity? We hear a lot about this word, we hear that charity will help us get in to heaven, charity will make us happy and charity will solve all our problems.

 

Charity, the do-all-fix-all word, but really what is charity? Sure donating to the Salvation Army is charity, giving money to the poor on the street is also charity, in fact Americans are know for there charity, we donate more money then any other nation on earth, charities seem to do even better when economic times are hard. But is that all there is to charity, dropping a few coins in the red kettle, tossing a few coins in the fountain, is that where charity starts and stops?

 

Charity, to me, seems to be the core, the center of humanity, to faith and to life. We are a people born of charity, and a people who strive for charity. But we fail, and we struggle, and charity, for the most part, is not achieved.

 

 How can I say this, if, as I stated above, we give more than any other country in the world. Because, in my view, we fail to see what true charity is. Charity is not money, charity is not something we need to do, to graduate or make our Confirmation. Charity is not something we can be forced into, rather charity is something done from the core, the center of humanity, the soul of being. Charity is something we teach, and something we learn, not by requirements of doing acts of charity, but rather by watching and performing everyday simple acts. Charity is talking to a co-worker, even when you don’t want to; charity is feeling compassion for your enemy; charity is living life in the eyes of God.

 

We are all called to acts of charity; we are called to live a life of love and understanding to offer our brothers and sister’s charity, charity of heart, mind and soul. Charity is an act of love and compassion and an act of Christianity.

 

To live a life of charity is to live a life of faith, a life of respect for our fellow humans.

 

So I challenge you to discover new ways to allow your charity to effect this world, starting at home, starting with yourself. Stretch your understanding, leap in to the deep waters of compassion. Learn to walk where most do not, and extend your hand to your brothers and sisters and lead them in to the clarity charity, the clarity of knowing God through your acts, your love and your compassion.  

 

Paul

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About Paul Sposite

Paul Sposite - Life Coach I began my career as an instructor. As an instructor there are two basic requirements. You have to know yourself, so you know where you’re drawing your inspiration from. And you have to actively listen to the others, and then respond to the subtext of what they are saying. In learning about myself I started to focus a lot on my students, how they learned, what questions they were asking and how I could best modify my methods to best serve them. I believe that if you use your real life problems/issues as insights to the issues you need to heal, you’ll grow. From my experience in the classroom, creating curriculum and material to support my training, I developed an interest in how people process information. This interest turned into my interest in Life Coaching.
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2 Responses to A little Charity Please…

  1. I really enjoyed your post on charity. Great thoughts for reflection.

  2. Paul Sposite says:

    Thank you very much! Charity is still something I am learning about and growing in…

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