September Virtue: Charity Loving God with all your heart, mind and strength and your neighbor as yourself
Saint Paul tells us that charity is the greatest of the virtues (1 Corinthians 13:13) and Saint John tells us that God is charity, or love, and that those who live in charity, live in God (1 John 4:16b). Charity spurs us on to give our every thought, word, and deed to God out of love for Him, and to care for each person we meet as we would Christ Himself. if we look at how we treat the people who aren't our best friends, or the people who irritate or even repulse us, the way we treat them shows how much or how little love is in our heart, and how honest we are when we say, "I love God" (1 John 4:20).
Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, Nashville, TN