Charity and Integrity

“Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed.” A mosaic has different bits and pieces, and if one or more pieces are empty the art piece wouldn’t be completed. The same can be said to these two virtues: Charity and Integrity. In practicing these virtues, Isaiah tells us: “…though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” But what do we mean by Charity? It is the common defintion that Charity is the act of doing charitable acts. Such acts vary from helping the poor to listening to one’s difficulties or problems, in doing so we can truly be called children of God. Integrity is the virtue of practicing what one preaches, thus for example if we say that a person befriends some one that means that one ought to stand next to his friend always not only in the beautiful of times but also in the darkest of moments. This is hard and challenging. This is precisely the idea behind Lent that we are presented with challenging tasks, which when tried and taken seriously, one can be the very best version of oneself.


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