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Charity is to be preferred before all gifts.
If I speak with the tongues of men, and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child.

But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child. We see now through a glass in a dark manner; but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then I shall know even as I am known.

And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.
First Epistle Of Saint Paul to The Corinthians 13: 1-13
Douay-Rheims Bible
SAINT JULIAN AND SAINT BASILISSA, (early 4th century) though married, lived, by mutual consent, in perpetual chastity; they sanctified themselves by the most perfect exercises of an ascetic life, and employed their revenues in relieving the poor and the sick. For this purpose they converted their house into a kind of hospital, in which they sometimes entertained a thousand poor people. Basilissa attended those of her sex in separate lodgings from the men; these were taken care of by Julian, who from his charity is named the Hospitalarian. Egypt, where they lived, had then begun to abound with examples of persons who, either in the cities or in the deserts, devoted themselves to the most perfect exercises of charity, penance, and mortification. Basilissa, after having stood seven persecutions, died in peace; Julian survived her many years and received the crown of a glorious martyrdom, together with Celsus, a youth, Antony, a priest, Anastatius, and Marcianilla, the mother of Celsus.
From the Pictorial Lives of the Saints - Saints Julian and Basilissa, Martyrs
http://saints.sqpn.com/pictorial-lives-of-the-saints-saints-julian-and-basilissa-martyrs/
Excerpt from the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium by Pope Francis, November 24, 2013, section entitled, "The special place of the poor in God’s people"
God’s heart has a special place for the poor, so much so that he himself "became poor" (2 Cor 8:9). The entire history of our redemption is marked by the presence of the poor. Salvation came to us from the "yes" uttered by a lowly maiden from a small town on the fringes of a great empire. The Saviour was born in a manger, in the midst of animals, like children of poor families; he was presented at the Temple along with two turtledoves, the offering made by those who could not afford a lamb (cf. Lk 2:24; Lev 5:7); he was raised in a home of ordinary workers and worked with his own hands to earn his bread. When he began to preach the Kingdom, crowds of the dispossessed followed him, illustrating his words: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor" (Lk 4:18). He assured those burdened by sorrow and crushed by poverty that God has a special place for them in his heart: "Blessed are you poor, yours is the kingdom of God" (Lk 6:20); he made himself one of them: "I was hungry and you gave me food to eat", and he taught them that mercy towards all of these is the key to heaven (cf. Mt 25:5ff.).
For the Church, the option for the poor is primarily a theological category rather than a cultural, sociological, political or philosophical one. God shows the poor "his first mercy".This divine preference has consequences for the faith life of all Christians, since we are called to have "this mind" which was in Jesus Christ" (Phil 2:5). Inspired by this, the Church has made an option for the poor which is understood as a "special form of primacy in the exercise of Christian charity, to which the whole tradition of the Church bears witness". This option - as Benedict XVI has taught - "is implicit in our Christian faith in a God who became poor for us, so as to enrich us with his poverty". This is why I want a Church which is poor and for the poor. They have much to teach us. Not only do they share in the sensus fidei, but in their difficulties they know the suffering Christ. We need to let ourselves be evangelized by them. The new evangelization is an invitation to acknowledge the saving power at work in their lives and to put them at the centre of the Church’s pilgrim way. We are called to find Christ in them, to lend our voice to their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to speak for them and to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them.
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/apost_exhortations
Prayer
O God, you entrusted to us the fruits of all creation so that we might care for the earth and be nourished with its bounty.

You sent us your Son to share our very flesh and blood and to teach us your Law of Love. Through His death and resurrection, we have been formed into one human family.

Jesus showed great concern for those who had no food – even transforming five loaves and two fish into a banquet that served five thousand and many more.

We come before you, O God, conscious of our faults and failures, but full of hope, to share food with all members in this global family.

Through your wisdom, inspire leaders of government and of business, as well as all the world’s citizens, to find just, and charitable solutions to end hunger by assuring that all people enjoy the right to food.

Thus we pray, O God, that when we present ourselves for Divine Judgment, we can proclaim ourselves as "One Human Family" with "Food for All." Amen
Prayer from the One Human Family, Food for all international campaign against hunger announced by Pope Francis, December 10, 2013; http://www.caritas.org
"Let us remember well,
however, that whenever
food is thrown out it is as if
it were stolen from the table
of the poor, from the hungry!"
- Pope Francis
Christ with Saints Julian, Basilissa, Celsus and Marcionilla by Pompeo Battoni, 1736-38; Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
http://en.wikipedia.org
Sculptures of Saints Julian and Basilissa from the no longer existent church by the same name, in Valladolid, Spain. In that church these were found over the tabernacle, place which they now also occupy at the new parrish named Saint Michael and Saint Julian, in Valladolid (below).
High Altar with the nativity panel to the left, sculptures of San Julian and Santa Basilissa, over the tabernacle and the presentation panel to the right. Church of San Miguel and San Julián in Valladolid, Spain. https://commons.wikimedia.org
Virgin with the Christ Child in Swaddling Clothes by Luca Cambiasi; between 1575-1580; Museo dell’Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti, Genoa, Italy https://commons.wikimedia.org

January 9 - In Loving Service, Ending World Hunger - honoring Saints Julian and Basilissa, Martyrs
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