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Charity is a word that, to some extent, has taken on negative connotation lately. To some, a charity is an organization whose mission is making money. A “charity case” is some poor soul we stoop down to assist—perhaps with a sense of superiority or pity. Then again, we might be on the receiving end of charity, much to our shame. Sometimes we refuse charity out of pride, even taking steps to ensure that we never need it. Even Merriam-Webster’s definition of the word is along those lines.

I’d like to resurrect the Latin root of the word. Caritas means, simply, “Christian love.” It applies to the love God freely shares with us and the love we reciprocate. It applies to the love we freely share with every person we encounter. And it applies to the love freely shared with us by others.

Charity is not a burden or a source of shame. It is not to be avoided. Rather, it is to be embraced. It is the atmosphere of heaven—the oxygen of the kingdom of God. Let’s work together to redeem this word. Let’s share, give, and receive charity today. You’ll touch heaven and help another do the same.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."