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The Virtue Of Generosity

The Virtue Of Generosity Generosity inspires gratitude, and gratitude inspires generosity. God is generous to us and our generosity, as St. Paul tells us, gives proof of our gratitude towards God (2 Cor. 9:11). In gratitude we are human; in generosity we are divine: “You received without pay, give without...

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The Virtue Of Unselfishness

The Virtue Of Unselfishness The story is told of a Chinese hero who acted with remarkable unselfishness during an earthquake. From the vantage of his hilltop farm, he noticed the ocean swiftly withdraw, like some prodigious animal crouching before a leap. He knew that the leap soon to take place...

Futuwwa (Youth and Chivalry)

Futuwwa (Youth and Chivalry) Futuwwa (Youth and Chivalry), defined as youth and chivalry, is really a composite of such virtues as generosity, munificence, modesty, chastity, trustworthiness, loyalty, mercifulness, knowledge, humility, and piety. It is a station on the path to God as well as a dimension of sainthood, and also signifies...

Muhammad’s Generosity

Muhammad’s Generosity The Messenger is the most polished mirror in which God’s Names and Attributes are reflected to the highest degree. As the perfect manifestation of these Names and Attributes, an embodiment of the Qur’an and Islam, he is the greatest and most decisive and comprehensive proof of God’s Existence...

Charity and Charities

Charity and Charities In its widest and highest sense, charity includes love of God as well as love of man. The latter kind of love is so closely connected with, and dependent upon, the former, that neither it nor its fruits, under the Christian dispensation, can be adequately set forth without a brief preliminary glance at the relations existing between...

Magnanimity

What Is Magnanimity? Magnanimity (from Latin magnanimitās, from magna “big” + animus “soul, spirit”) is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity (Latin: pusillanimitās). Although the word magnanimity has a traditional connection to Aristotelian philosophy,...

Justice, Fortitude, Temperance

Justice, Fortitude, Temperance Last week, Straight Answers addressed the topic of the cardinal virtues — those “hinge” virtues that are the foundation of all virtues. Having examined the virtue of prudence, we now turn to justice, fortitude and temperance. St. Thomas Aquinas defined justice as “a habit whereby a man...

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Generosity

What Is Generosity? Generosity is the virtue of being unattached to material possessions, often symbolized by the giving of gifts. Generosity is regarded as a virtue by various world religions, and is often celebrated in cultural and religious ceremonies Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in...

Charity

Charity as a Virtue In Christian theology charity, or love (agapē), means an unlimited loving-kindness toward all others. Some delineate charity to mean only benevolent giving, while others, such as Roman Catholics, have multiple interrelated meanings (i.e. charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things...

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