Summa Theologiae by St. Thomas Aquinas
SS: Treatise On The Theological Virtues
Q[31] Of Beneficence
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We must now consider the outward acts or effects of charity, (1) Beneficence, (2) Almsdeeds, which are a part of beneficence, (3) Fraternal correction, which is a kind of alms.

Under the first head there are four points of inquiry:

A[1] Whether beneficence is an act of charity?

A[2] Whether we ought to be beneficent to all?

A[3] Whether we ought to be more beneficent to those who are more closely united to us?

A[4] Whether beneficence is a special virtue?