Choose a topic from Part 2B:

117. Liberality or Generosity

1. Liberality is a virtue, for it puts to good use thethings that might be used for evil purposes-such, for instance, asmoney or other material things.

2. And, indeed, liberality deals, first and foremost, withmoney. A liberal man is an open-handed man, who is ready to"liberate" money from his own possession, and thus showsthat he is not inordinately attached to it.

3. The proper act of liberality, therefore, consists inmaking good use of money. Liberality demands that one's debtsbe paid, and that suitable gifts be made. Merely to be carelesswith money, neglecting to save what is needed to meet expenses andto have the means of making gifts, is not liberality.

4. Parting with money by giving it to others is a greateract of virtue than parting with it in fulfilling one's owndesires, that is, spending it on oneself. The liberal man ispraised for giving.

5. Liberality seems to be allied with justice, even thoughit givesmore than is strictly due. Therefore, it is reckonedby many as a part of justice, that is, a virtue connected withjustice but not having equal scope with it.

6. Liberality is a gracious and notable virtue, but it is notthe greatest of virtues.

"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
St Philip Neri

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