Gifts of Character – Charity

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Charity. Charity is about caring and giving from a compassionate heart to those need. It may be as simple as giving someone the benefit of the doubt, not judging them because they are not the same as us. Without charity, our view of others even out of caring and a generous way of knowing serves no purpose.

Today as I consider charity, I am reflecting on service to others, those close to me and myself. I am practicing being kind and helpful, giving the benefit of the doubt. I often ask when someone is unkind or angry; I wonder how they are suffering at this moment or in life. Can I understand what they may be going through, how can I give them the benefit of the doubt, how can I respond in a beneficial way to all concerned? Charitable thinking and actions create a circle of love, from which all benefit.