In proper sequence, we must consider charity; and (1) charity itself; (2) the corresponding gift of wisdom.
The first consideration will be fivefold: (1) Charity itself; (2) The object of charity; (3) Its acts; (4) The opposite vices; (5) The precepts relating thereto.
The first of these considerations will be twofold: (1) Charity, considered as regards itself; (2) Charity, considered in its relation to its subject.
Under the first head there are eight points of inquiry:
A Whether charity is friendship?
A Whether it is something created in the soul?
A Whether it is a virtue?
A Whether it is a special virtue?
A Whether it is one virtue?
A Whether it is the greatest of the virtues?
A Whether any true virtue is possible without it?
A Whether it is the form of the virtues?