CHARITY’S ROLE IN OUR FAITH
As Catholics we have been taught about charity work through the gospels and various practices like outreaches. St. Thomas Aquinas esteems charity as “the most excellent of the virtues.”
Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of helping anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life. In order to remain faithful to our mission, Charities is guided by these core values: Respect, Compassion, Competence and Stewardship
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites* do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. Matthew 6:2
Charity teaches us to have a Christ-like love for our neighbours. This kind of love is unconditional and by it we are able to reach out to our brothers and sisters and help relieve any physical, mental, moral or spiritual needs they may have.
In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort we must help the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35
As members of the Catholic Faith we are encouraged to practice charity in different ways. Since the apostolic age, Christians were taught to not just give but to give from the heart to everyone in need regardless of their race or religion because “Christ is all and in all.”
Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all and in all. Colossians 3:11