A little girl went to a candy shop with her mother.
The girl’s eyes were practically popping out of her head she was so excited. She just kept saying, “I want this and this and this and this . . .” about almost every piece of candy in the story.
After a very long time of this, her mother convinced her to pick a few of the candies to buy and take home.
The mother bought the candies for her daughter and gave them to her to carry home.
She ate one of the candies with her mom’s permission and it tasted very good.
On the walk home, they saw a church with it’s doors wide open.
Inside the church, the girl could see Jesus on the cross. She heard music playing on the organ, too.
She froze staring through the doors in astonishment.
The mom was confused. “What is it honey?” she asked.
“What is this mommy?” she said in reply.
“Why it’s a church silly,” she explained.
“Can we go inside?” the daughter asked.
“Um, I guess so,” said the mother.
The girl dropped her candy and walked up the steps and through the doors of the church.
She never even realized her candy was gone.
Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1822)