I had asked Karen about the phrase “Faith, Hope and Charity”. Those words had been running through my thoughts for days, while working on these boxes. She informed me that Faith, Hope and Charity are the three great theological virtues that the New Testament calls for in Christians. According to the Apostle Paul, “Now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” And there are references to a group of Christian matyred saints, but then the trail grows dim, grim and murky. Two groups of saints, two different days of celebration. More theoretical speculation; less simple explication.
Here’s the one I like best: Charity means leniency in judging others; forbearance.
Boy, could we use more of that.