The Virtue of Giving Away

“Small hands lifted high

Seven loaves of bread

A few salty fish

Hardly enough to feed


Yet, he does not


To offer it all

For the sake

Of another.”


The Seven Virtues were created to combat each of the Seven Deadly Sins. These Seven Virtues first appeared tied together in an epic poem titled Pschomachia, written by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, a Christian governor of the 400s AD. To battle Greed, there is Charity.


Charity can be seen as the act of giving. However, in a more Christian-centered defition, Charity is love and kindness toward others, even if they do not deserve it. Aquinas attributed Charity to the love of God. This charitable poem was inspired by the act that took place in John 6.

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10 thoughts on “The Virtue of Giving Away”

    1. Thank you so much Ethan! It is an amazing story that we grow up on and simply accept as children but when we grow up and really think about what it must have meant for this little boy to willingly give away everything he had… The story is much more impressive and meaningful.

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    1. Thank you Heather! I think it’s good to rethink some of these old stories that we’ve heard hundreds of times. It really helps to bring about new insight. For instance, if that had been me, would I have been willing to give up everything I had?

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