PODCAST | Charity: Being Known By Your Love


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In our meditation of the week: Fr. Peter Armenio reflects on the greatest gift that we have from God– the supernatural virtue of charity.

Many of the Mass readings during Christmas, Epiphany and the following days, remind us that God really wants us to think about charity. We are especially reminded of Jesus’s desire that we, his disciples, should be known by the love we have for one another.

Fr. Peter explains that through our baptism, all of us have charity, together with faith and hope, written in our supernatural genetic code or DNA. God gives us what it takes to love with the heart of Christ.

As his disciples, no matter what the culture is like, we know that charity is more powerful than resentment, hatred, and coldness. The light of charity always dissipates darkness, just as life overcomes death and grace overcomes sin.

So, as we listen to this meditation, Fr. Peter guides us to pray and ask ourselves: When I’m with my family, my friends and my colleagues, how do they detect that I’m a disciple of the Lord? What are the characteristics of my charity?

Image: The Baptism of Christ by Camille Corot via WikiArt

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Rev. Peter Armenio Rev. Peter Armenio

Rev. Peter V. Armenio was ordained a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei in 1980. He is the author of several books published by Midwest Theological Forum, including Highlights of the Catholic Faith. He also served as President of the St. Josemaria Institute from 2006 to 2012. He has been working in campus ministry for the past 30 years and also preaches recollections and gives spiritual direction in Chicago.

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