God is Love
We are all children of the same Father, and as such, that makes us all brothers and sisters of Christ. When we neglect our brothers and sisters, we neglect Christ. On the other hand, when we perform charitable acts with self-giving love for our brothers and sisters in Christ, we give our love to Christ. “Charity enables the Christian to embrace the goodness of God and to love self and neighbor in accord with this goodness and under the impulse of the Holy Spirit.” 1
As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are called to the perfection of charity, meaning that we are all called to holiness. To be holy, we need the gift of grace, so that we may do the Father’s will. When we receive this grace, we are enabled to love God with all our hearts, souls and minds, and to our neighbor as ourselves.
When we strive to perfect charity in our lives, the Holy Spirit graces us with joy, peace and mercy; considered fruits of charity. What fruits of charity might you may be blessed with as a result of your self-giving act of true charitable love?
Love is itself the fulfillment of all our works. There is the goal; that is why we run; we run toward it, and once we reach it – in it we shall find rest. – Saint Augustine
“Faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). We have faith in God because we have come to know Him and believe in Him. We have hope because of the Resurrection of Jesus, who conquered sin and death for us. We have love because “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Unite yourselves to Christ in all that you do, and act in accordance with self-giving love for Christ and neighbor, and you will be adhering to the Father’s will, filled with faith, hope and love.
1 Cessario, Romano. The Moral and Virtues and Theological Ethics. 2nd. Ed. p. 63. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009. Print.