It seems to me that charity isn’t as benevolent as it appears to be. This is probably why we sometimes doubt our own acts of helping other people because it always seem to end up with a selfish purpose. For example, we become generous of our time and efforts to help other people because we like doing it and we feel good about it. Doesn’t it sound self-gratifying?

What is even more surprising is that some people even offer their services in the hopes of being noticed by others that they are genuinely altruistic; secretly hoping they get the accolade for their philantropy. What shame!

Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. – St. Thomas of Aquinas


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