Let us take boldly the passage from St. Thomas in which he lays down the law of almsgiving.
The principle is applied in succession to almsgiving, to Prayer, to Fasting.
This word represents the charity of kindness and goodness, as distinguished from almsgiving.
When he considered this, he was uneasy, because his habit of almsgiving could not well proceed.
Then, again, this passage teaches a much-needed lesson to the Church at home about the methods of poor relief and almsgiving.
As he was always keeping the precept of almsgiving, he shared his opulence with the people.
Good means may be absolutely good, but commonly they are liable to become vitiated by circumstances,—almsgiving is an example.
But almsgiving has another aspect, on which early writers insist with some fullness.
Then once more, she saw his father with the broom—the almsgiving scene.
Charity, also, in its largest sense, is far wider than almsgiving.