Virtues – Seven Habits of Champions #8 – Love

Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Ph.D.

I. Charity, agape
A. We use charity as human benevolence. Giving to the less fortunate.
B. the will loving God as supreme Good in Himself, for Himself alone, and others for his sake (CCC 1822-29)
C. To understand this better, we must look at various kinds of human love

II. The 3 Natural Human Loves of C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves
A. storg: the affection that mothers naturally have for babies, pet owners have for pets, natives have for homeland
B. eros: desire for union proceeding from need
C. philia: friendship, highest human love
D. All can go bad without God

III. Agape, charity is divine love
A. Aquinas defines it as friendship with God: no longer servile fear. Now fear of offending one you love.
B. John Paul II defines it as self-gift
C. loving God for himself & others for his sake
D. sharing in the generous gift-love of God himself, love without need

IV. Charity perfects justice
A. Without grace, can’t be Just. Yet grace makes us more than Just. Love of enemies goes beyond justice.
B. Hope & charity: different approaches to the feast of the Ascension
C. Charity is the form of all the virtues

V. Highest of all
A. 1 Cor 13: the greatest of these is love
B. Twofold commandment

This outline appears in the Virtues & Christian Character, Christian Lifestyle andPrayer & Spirituality sections of The Crossroads Initiative Library.

Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio

From a colorful and varied background as a professor of theology, a father of five, business owner, and professional performer Marcellino D’Ambrosio (aka “Dr. Italy”) crafts talks, blog posts, books, and videos that are always fascinating, practical, and easy to understand.  He is a TV and radio personality, New York Times best-selling author, and speaker who has been leading people on a journey of discovery for over thirty years.  For complete bio and video, visit the Dr. Italy page.