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Author(s): Elizondo Virgil

ISBN13: 9781570757204

ISBN10: 1570757208

Publisher: ORBIS BOOKS

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  • "Virgil Elizondo inspires us to practice a virtue that excludes no one and desires good for everyone. Filled with true stories of love in action, Charity is spiritual reading at its best." "Charity," he writes, "is allowing the life of God to work through our ordinary, and sometimes extraordinary, deeds and words because God is love. What could be more beautiful?"
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    Charity, as the title suggests, is a book about love, the divine love that is the soul of all Christian life. It is part of the `Catholic Spirituality for Adults series published by Orbis Books and RCL Benziger working in partnership. The contributors are respected Catholic authors who write from a personal and experiential perspective covering topics ranging from prayer, through holiness, to reconciliation and vocation. In this book Virgil Elizondo, Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology at Notre Dame University, reflects on charity as `love in action, as the manifestation of Gods love in ones life and the world. The book examines charitys origins, its character, its fruit, and its source in Jesus. Elizondos writing style is familiar, clear and easy to understand. He interweaves stories of ordinary love-filled experiences taken from daily life with lucid Catholic teaching that touches the depth of the virtue of charity. Given the books simplicity the reader may be tempted to regard its content as banal or trivial, but a closer meditative reading will reveal its true substance, as a genuinely wise introduction to the virtue which is the heart of all virtues. It concludes with a reflection from the one-time General of the Society of Jesus, Pedro Arrupe, SJ, which focuses the general thrust of the book in summing up charity as that energy of the Heart of Christ `whose power will destroy every evil and unite the minds and hearts of the whole of mankind in one central bond, his love and the love of the Father.

    - THE FURROW, May 2010