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.

"Lord, here burn, here cut, and dry up in me all that hinders me from going to You, that You may spare me in eternity."
St Louis Bertrand

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"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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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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