- I have
much more confidence
in the charity which begins in the home and diverges into a large
than in the world-wide philanthropy which begins at the outside of our
horizon to converge into egotism.—MRS. JAMESON.
complain that life has no
joys while there is a single creature whom we can relieve by our
assist by our counsels, or enliven by our presence, is to lament the
of that which we possess, and is just as irrational as to die of thirst
with the cup in our hands.—FITZOSBORNE.
thou doest alms, let
not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.—MATTHEW 6:3.
of the world encloses
four kinds of spirits, diametrically opposed to charity—the spirit of
spirit of aversion, spirit of jealousy, and the spirit of
charities are the
very essence of selfishness, when bequeathed by those who, when alive,
would part with nothing.—COLTON.
up a single tear
has moreOf honest fame, than shedding seas of gore.—BYRON.
charitable and indulgent
to every one but yourself.—JOUBERT.
the virtues that
can be named are enwrapt in one virtue of charity and love:—for "it
long," and so it is longanimity; it "is kind," and so it is courtesy;
"vaunteth not itself," and so it is modesty; it "is not puffed up," and
so it is humility; it "is not easily provoked," and so it is lenity; it
"thinketh no evil," and so it is simplicity; it "rejoiceth in the
and so it is verity; it "beareth all things," and so it is fortitude;
"believeth all things," and so it is faith; it "hopeth all things," and
so it is confidence; it "endureth all things," and so it is patience;
"never faileth," and so it is perseverance.—CHILLINGWORTH.
lord giveth a certain
livery to his servants, charity is the very livery of Christ. Our
who is the Lord above all lords, would have his servants known by their
badge, which is love.—LATIMER.
have a genius for charity
as well as for anything else.—THOREAU.
carries us half way to
God, fasting brings us to the door of his palace, and alms-giving
things have fervent
charity among yourselves; for charity shall cover the multitude of
- It is
old saying, that charity
begins at home; but this is no reason it should not go abroad. A man
live with the world as a citizen of the world; he may have a preference
for the particular quarter or square, or even alley, in which he lives,
but he should have a generous feeling for the welfare of the
the rarity of Christian
charity under the sun!—HOOD.
you are charitable
if the love of Jesus and His brethren be not purely the motive of your
gifts. Alas! you might not give your superfluities, but "bestow all
goods to feed the poor;" you might even "give your body to be burned"
them, and yet be utterly destitute of charity, if self-seeking,
or self-ends guide you; and guide you they must, until the love of God
be by the Holy Ghost shed abroad in your heart.—HAWEIS.
would entitle himself
after death, through the merits of his Redeemer, to the noblest of
let him serve God throughout life in this most excellent of all duties,
doing good to our brethren. Whoever is sensible of his offences, let
take this way especially of evidencing his repentance.—ARCHBISHOP
- I have
learned from Jesus Christ
himself what charity is, and how we ought to practise it; for He says,
"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye love one
Never can I, therefore, please myself in the hope that I may obtain the
name of a servant of Christ, if I possess not a true and unfeigned
within me.—ST. BASIL.
debt of mercy and
pity, of charity and compassion, of relief and succor due to human
and payable from one man to another; and such as deny to pay it the
in the time of their abundance may justly expect it will be denied
in a time of want. "With what measure you mete it shall be measured to
give as we would receive,
cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a
benefit that sticks to the fingers.—SENECA.
- As the
purse is emptied the
heart is filled.—VICTOR HUGO.
gently scan your brother
man, Still gentler, sister woman; Though they may gang a kennin' wrang,
To step aside is human.—BURNS