Choose a topic from Part 2B:

81. Beneficence

1. Beneficence is doing good to another. It is an act ofcharity or friendship.

2. We are bound to exercise beneficence, for we areobligated to "do good to all men." St. Paul (Gal. 6:10)indicates this fact when he points out beneficence as our lifelongduty: "While we have time, let us do good to allmen."

3. The opportunity of actually exercising beneficence forthe benefit of all mankind is not given to many. We have the duty,then, of exercising beneficence towards those who are about us, tothose who are more closely united to us.

4. Beneficence, like good will, is an act of charity; itis not a special virtue in itself.

"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"The one thing necessary which Jesus spoke of to Martha and Mary consists in hearing the word of God and living by it."
R. Garrigou-Lagrange, OP

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"Obedience is a short cut to perfection."
St Philip Neri

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