Gifts of Character – Charity

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Charity. The virtue of charity is different than the act of giving to a charity. When we are charitable, we view others with a generous spirit, willing to give them the benefit of the doubt without judgment. Our caring shows through by how we respond to their needs, which may be with our treasures or it may be a kind act or word. The virtue of charity gives room for others to make mistakes.

Today as I reflect on charity the virtue, I am considering what my heart feels when I see the suffering others may be going through at that time. When someone makes a mistake, am I quick to blame and judge or do I find room to help them and respond with kindness. I want to act to help those I see in difficult circumstances or who are struggling, without taking away their dignity.