December Virtue of the Month – Charity

Thursday December 6, 2012

Every month at our E-CSLIT meetings, we highlight our board’s virtue of the month.  This month’s virtue is CHARITY.

At the beginning of each E-CSLIT meeting, Michael Consul gives a short speech about the monthly virtue.  Here it is below for your reference.  Feel free to use, copy, print, adjust, edit, review.  For example, you could retell it to your class, email it to your friends, take exerts out of it to share with others, find quotes within it to tweet… basically whatever you want… it’s yours.  Enjoy!

For a digital copy of the speech click HERE

What month is it? (December)

What’s the virtue of the month? (Charity)

Well the essence of charity is giving. What are some of the things you’ll be giving your family,
friends and loved ones this Christmas? (Take answers from crowd)

Those are great examples but what I noticed about most of them is that they all require money.

Is money important? YES

Is it the most important thing in the world? NO

But what if you were given a special bank account that gave you $86,400 dollars each morning?

–Read Following Exert—

Imagine there is a bank which credits your account each morning with $86,400, carries over
no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels
whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw
out every cent, of course.

Well, everyone has such a bank. Its name is TIME.

Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds.

Every night it writes off as lost whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.

It carries over no balance.

It allows no overdraft.

Each day it opens a new account for you.

Each night it burns the records of the day.

If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours.

There is no going back.

There is no drawing against tomorrow.

You must live in the present of today’s deposits.

Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success.

The clock is running.

Make the most of today!

–Origin Unknown

Read 2nd Exert

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with
someone special, special enough to spend your time.

And remember, time waits for no one.
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

–Origin Unknown

So let’s recap:

What’s the virtue of the month? (Charity)

And Charity is all about giving. What’s charity all about? (Giving)

And the most precious gift you can give someone is time. What’s the most precious gift? (Time)

So this Christmas season, remember to spend time with the ones you love, because that’s the
most precious Christmas gift you can ever give.

One thought on “December Virtue of the Month – Charity

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  1. Great emails like this are kept for a long, long time.

    Thank you for sharing such things.

    Take care and have a great weekend!

    Peace and Hope, Steve De Quintal Teacher, Bishop Marrocco / Thomas Merton CSS, 1515 Bloor St. W. Toronto, Ontario M6P-1A3. 416-393-5545 ext. 84293 “To think, to pray and to serve.” There can be no keener revelation of a societys soul, Nelson Mandela says, than the way in which it treats its children. *****You can always email but a call or a visit will get a quicker response***** ________________________________________

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