The Practice of Charity: The Heart of Catholic Doctrine

I’d like to share with you a very inspiring statement I read from a blog post today at the Catholic Herald titled, “Yours Is A Noble Ideal and The Church Is Enriched By Your Presence.” That statement was, “The practice of charity springs from the love of God; it is nurtured and strengthened by the love of God, and it expresses the love of God in our world today.”

Charity is at the heart of the Catholic doctrine, and in the same way that it was the very core of Christ’s ministry while he was still on earth. There is no purer form of expression of love and gratefulness to God than works of charity. It is by helping the oppressed, comforting those who are despondent, and uplifting the condition of mankind that we are truly spreading the love of God to all the world.

The Apostle Paul emphasizes the importance of charity in the work of Christ in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Though I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have charity, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have charity, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have charity, I gain nothing.

There is no better way to serve and worship God than through the practice of charity.