Recommended Reading - Biblical Charity

At the end of every study, Heart of Mary Women's Fellowship will recommend additional resources. There may have been a particular topic or idea that we want to learn more about & we'll list the links, books, or resources that our HOMWF team have personally read & recommend!*

  • On the Virtues:
    • CCC 1803, 1810-1813, 1822-1829
  • On Social Teaching
  • Doing the Everyday with love & charity
    • Lisieux, Therese,  A Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux, First published in 1951

Do you have any recommendations? What was your favorite verse or post? Let us know! We want to know! And remember - our next study on THE MASS starts Monday!! Make sure you have subscribed to the blog so you don't miss any lessons!.


*Heart of Mary Women's Fellowship is not paid to promote or endorse the above books, links, or articles. All recommendations are made from personal reading that provided helpful insight. 

Biblical Charity // Care for God's Creation

I had the privilege of studying abroad for four and half months in Austria. In those four and half months I met a certain beauty that was unimaginable. One of the classes I took was Ethics, in this class we were challenged to go walk outside and soak in the beauty.

Biblical Charity // The Right to Work

Every morning we get up, we eat, we go to work (or school), then we come home eat got to sleep… then we do it all over again. But instead of this just being a way to gain income to provide the necessities to ourselves and our families, shouldn't we be using this as a way to continue in our active participation within the community and society? The answer to this is yes.

Biblical Charity // Rights & Responsibilities

We are all created in the image and likeness of God and have the right to life, not just in a spiritual sense, but also on earth. Growing up, I always heard the saying live a life full of JOY; Jesus, Others, You. It is our duty to respect the rights of others and to respect the care that they are being given as long as it is aligned with God’s commandments and His example he laid out for us.

Biblical Charity // Charity Toward the Poor

We are called each and everyday to help those in need. This doesnt mean to give money to every single homeless or poor person we see every time we see them. If we did, I am sure we would soon run out of money ourselves, and how would that be improving situations? Youre right, it wouldnt. But if we sit back refusing to help the poor, then how are we showing them the face of Jesus.

Biblical Charity // Charity Toward the Sick

Our Church is so beautiful! It is the largest charity in the world: the largest provider of food, education, and health care.  It goes beyond the providing the basic necessities of the body but also cares for it in the spiritual realm. It took the study and reflections of preparing this post for you, that I realized this!

Biblical Charity // Charity Toward the Elderly

We are all created in the image and likeness of God. I feel like I have said that ten million times. But it truly isnt something we should forget. But when we think of dignity of life, the first thing our minds usually jump to is abortion and the dignity to a childs life. But the basic dignity we all possess originally comes from God, and we are to see each and every person through the eyes of God and to love them because God loves them.

Biblical Charity // Charity Toward the Unborn Pt 3

Sometimes charity requires that we get our hands dirty. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, the priest and the Levite had good reason to pass the Jewish robbery-victim on the road. They had things to do, rituals to attend, families to take care of, reputations to guard. The robbery victim was either dead or almost dead, anyway. They probably thought they could do nothing to help him.  There were dozens of excuses for not helping the Jewish man, and all of them were culturally relevant and valid.

 

Biblical Charity // Charity Toward the Unborn Pt 2

The Visitation follows immediately upon the Annunciation. Mary received our Lord and then set out to visit Elizabeth as soon as she heard that she was pregnant. St. Luke wrote she traveled in haste. She did not hesitate, she did not deliberate, she did not waste any time, she just went.

Saying “yes” to our Lord is a two-part process:

Biblical Charity // Charity Toward the Unborn Pt 1

Empty. Vulnerable. Powerless. In a society where we are expected to control everything about our lives, embracing or welcoming any of these weaknesses is not only scary, it’s ludacris. We learn from an early age to control language so that we can control conversations.

Biblical Charity // The Two Feet

We all have two feet that we stand tall on every day, two things that support us and hold us up each and every day and get us to where we need to go. Even if we are on crutches, we have two things that hold us up. Just as we have two feet or two things that keep us standing there are two feet to Catholic teaching as well.

Biblical Charity // Spiritual Mercy

There are seven spiritual works of mercy: to admonish the sinner, to instruct the ignorant, to counsel the doubtful, to comfort the sorrowful, to bear wrongs patiently, to forgive all injuries, to pray for the living and the dead.

Biblical Charity // Grace & Confession

In order for us to truly be able to receive that sanctifying grace, which is the first thing we need in order to get into heaven, we need to receive the sacraments in order to allow that sanctifying grace to grow and sustain itself in us.

Biblical Charity // Love Your Enemy Part 2

Biblical Charity // Love Your Enemy Part 2

One area that we usually don't like to talk about much is that person (or persons) who has injured us deeply, whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental. No matter how small or big, each of us probably has one or more people whom we need to forgive. For some of us, we still see this person often. For others, we haven't seen them in years. When Jesus tells us that we must love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us, does someone like this come to mind?

Biblical Charity // Love Your Enemy Part 1

Biblical Charity // Love Your Enemy Part 1

When we read the verse, "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Mk 12:31), it's easy to feel fairly confident. We know we are pretty nice people, we don't really have malicious intentions, and we do good things for others. However, in Matthew 5:44 Jesus tells us, "You have heard it said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you . . ."

 

Biblical Charity // Do-ers of the Word

Biblical Charity // Do-ers of the Word

Every Sunday we attend Mass and hear the Word. Every time we open the Bible, we are readers/hearers of the Word. Every time we pray the Rosary, we are reciting the Word and listening in on the meditations. Are we doing anything with the Word?