Wear one garment and speak one language: charity. Charity is the sign that you are a disciple of the Lord (cf. Jn. 13:35). It is the least expensive brand-name, but the hardest to find. Charity is the principle “language.” Saint Paul considered it more precious than “speaking the languages of men and angels” (cf. 1 Cor. 13:1). It will be the only language in heaven. (Cardinal Van Thuan, Five Loaves and Two Fish)


To quote St. Francis, “In all things proclaim Christ … even use words if you have to.” Charity is the sign, the language and the garment of the disciple. As charity becomes more and more our first and primary language; so is hope born in our hearts and also in the hearts of those we encounter.