Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. (Francis of Assisi, 13th century Roman Catholic friar and preacher)

Fear and ignorance are characteristics we certainly want to avoid. According to Francis, we can do so by practicing both charity and wisdom. Charity, the old English word for love, is an action word. Learning to truly love (that is, acting in the best interest of others) and doing so with understanding and good judgment will create a joyful, gracious spirit.

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)