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.

"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"It is not God's will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will."
Blessed Henry Suso

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