Beyond all else, let us be generous to one another. Let us lavish love upon those who deserve it and those we might not think do. Why? Because that isn't our call. For all that frustrates us, let there be a spirit of generosity that lives within us. Let us give to others, for in giving generously, we receive generously. Where you doubt others or yourself, have faith... give freely... try to find hope where all else points to hopelessness.
That can be hard and still we try.
Sitting in a workshop this morning, the presenter said something that struck me. He quoted part of Pope John XXIII's first encyclical Ad Petri Cathedram, which falsely attributes this quote to Augustine: "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity."
And reading this quote he stated simply- the worst thing we can do in creating dialogue and relationship is to sin against charity. We must give fully to the one in front of us. This doesn't mean ignoring what is but instead it means offering a openness and sincerity in consideration and love for the one you are in relationship with. We share the essentials of our being and life; we allow others to be in what is not essential; and in coming to discover all that is in between we offer charity of Spirit and being.
Be Generous; Love Freely; Practice Charity; and sanctity will flourish.