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Charity - Virtue of Charity

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Author(s): René Carpentier
Part of Charity: 1. Virtue of Charity 2. Love of Neighbour 3. Charitable Organizations The Christian value par excellence, charity in the sense of supernatural love should be the soul of all apostolic work. This will be the main theme of the present article. At the same time natural love, in its various aspects, plays an essential role. Natural love would not be a sound enough methodical basis: wounded by sin, that is, by egotism, which is the corruption of love, it is mingled with instinctive libido. This articl…

Evangelical Counsels

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Author(s): René Carpentier
When only the canonical meaning of the term was envisaged, the state of the “counsels” as embraced by religious (can. 487) tended to monopolize any treatment of the evangelical counsels. As a consequence, “seculars”, who live in the world, seemed deliberately to choose the opposite, namely the state of the “precepts”, and the counsels of Christ would have been of little interest for them. But can we say that the religious themselves still recognize the “counsels”, as a higher way containing no e…