Charity, writes Fr. Elizondo, is ?love in action. Love is recognizing that we are all images and likenesses of God, and what we do unto each other we truly do unto ourselves. Charity is allowing the life of God to work through our ordinary, and sometimes extraordinary, deeds and words of daily life because God is love! (1 John 4:17). Charity is each of us, all of us, manifesting God in the world. What could be more beautiful than that!?
Virgil Elizondo is a theologian, pastor, and popular speaker nationwide. A former rector of San Fernando Cathedral, he is director of Archdiocesan Television Ministry for San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of God of Surprises, Guadalupe, and Galilean Journey.
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Table of Contents
Introduction to Catholic Spirituality for Adults 9
Author's Introduction: Truly Successful Lives 13
Ch. 1 A School of Charity 23
Ch. 2 Love Begets Love 35
Ch. 3 A Portrait of Love 48
Ch. 4 Obstacles to Charity 61
Ch. 5 The Fruit of True Freedom Is Charity 72
Ch. 6 The Effects of Charity 87
Ch. 7 Jesus: The Source and Summit of All Virtues 102
Ch. 8 The Challenges of Charity 119
Ch. 9 Forgiveness: The Ultimate Gift of Charity 128
A Closing Thought from Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Greater Than Nuclear Energy 140