Michel Quoism: The Theological Virtue Of Charity

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The most important thing in the life of every Christian or follower of any type of religion is to follow the teachings that lead them to become a better person. “The theological virtue of charity is the mysterious power, communicated by grace, to love as God loves.” (Michel Quoist). These words were spoken by Catholic priest and theologian Michel Quoist as he defined what he believed as the true definition of the theological virtue charity. Society today seems to have lost sight on what God wanted charity to mean. The virtue of Charity unites humanity ,composes other virtues, and is countered by deadly sins. means to love God above all things, love yourself, and love each of your neighbors.
As a society we define charity today as helping
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“The practice of all the virtues is animated and inspired by charity, which "binds everything together in perfect harmony. Charity upholds and purifies our human ability to love, and raises it to the supernatural perfection of divine love.” (Divine Mysteries). The virtue of charity composes other virtues such as humility and kindness. Kindness is being friendly or considerate to another person, it could also be an act that helps another person. One can see how kindness is composed of charity. With charity meaning to love one another, the act of kindness exemplifies that definition. When you treat someone with kindness or do an act of kindness, you care about the person that you are helping and that’s a way of showing how to love like God has taught. For example, if you were to assist in feeding the homeless you would be displaying both the virtues of kindness and charity, assuming that you’re doing the act from the bottom of your heart. Famous poet Joseph Addison said it best when displaying an act of charity, “Charity is a virtue of the heart, and not of the hands” (Joseph Addison) meaning that you must put your heart into the…show more content…
The main opposition of the virtue of charity, is the deadly sin of greed. Greed is mainly a sin due to a person’s overwhelming desire for something. The Catholic Church sees greed as an overwhelming desire for something, but also in striving to claim what they desire. Greed is the opposite of charity. Thomas Aquinas defined greed as a sin against God, just like any other sin would be against God, man who condemns himself just for temporary possessions (Aquinas). Another deadly sin that could also directly oppose charity is envy. Envy is the counterpart of kindness. An example of it is wishing that you had a possession that someone else had or wishing that they didn’t have it. It counters against charity, because charity you are to love and care for others around you. But when you are envious of a person you wish that they didn’t have

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