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Part Three

Charity

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Faith inGod’s love encompasses the call and the obligation

to respond with sincere love to divine charity. The first command­

ment enjoins us to love God above everything and all creatures for

him and because of him.

12

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One can sin against God’s love in various ways:

indifference

neglects or refuses to reflect on divine charity; it fails

to consider its prevenient goodness and denies its power.

ingratitude

fails or refuses to acknowledge divine charity and to

return him love for love.

lukewarmness

is hesitation or negligence in responding to divine

love; it can imply refusal to give oneself over to the prompting of

charity.

acedia

or spiritual sloth goes so far as to refuse the joy that comes

from God and to be repelled by divine goodness.

hatred of God

comes from pride. It is contrary to love of God,

whose goodness it denies, andwhom it presumes to curse as the one

who forbids sins and inflicts punishments.

II.

“H

im

O

nly

S

hall

Y

ou

S

erve

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The theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity inform

and give life to the moral virtues. Thus charity leads us to render

to God what we as creatures owe him in all justice. The

virtue of

religion

disposes us to have this attitude.

Adoration

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Adoration is the first act of the virtue of religion. To adore

God is to acknowledge him as God, as the Creator and Savior, the

Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful

Love. “You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall

you serve,” says Jesus, citing

Deuteronomy.

13

12 Cf.

Deut

6:4-5.

13

Lk

4:8; cf.

Deut

6:13.

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