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Mother Teresa: The Model of Magnanimity

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Mother Teresa is the model for the virtue of magnanimity. Yet, my guess is that most of us know little about this noble virtue. So let’s start with a definition:

Magnanimity: The virtue which prompts one to do morally good acts of exceptional quality. Magnanimous persons are disposed to perform actions of extraordinary generosity, kindness, fortitude and charity; not in order to gain fame, glory or recognition, but simply to do what is right, good, just or needed. Magnanimous actions are usually only possible for those who, as a matter of habit and custom, practice the other virtues with great regularity and ease. Magnanimity supports and enhances Fortitude, and it is one of the highest forms of charitable self-sacrifice.1 The best, contemporary example of magnanimous behavior would be Blessed Mother Teresa. She lived and breathed the virtue of magnanimity by practicing all of the other virtues. She shunned fame, and lived amongst the poorest of the poor. She gave of herself solely fo…

'Are you envious because I am generous?' Sunday Reflections, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

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Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, Johann Christian Brand, 1769 Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna [Web Gallery of Art] Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) 

GospelMatthew 20:1-16a (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition: Canada) 
Jesus said to his disciples: “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage,he sent them into his vineyard.When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace;and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same.And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here id…