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Works of Mercy

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We are called to show mercy

We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us, and the source of that mercy is God. The corporal and spiritual works of mercy are ways we can extend God's compassion and mercy to those in need.  According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his or her spiritual and bodily necessities (CCC 2447).  This Fall the Sunday Mass reading invite us to live out the spiritual works of mercy as we continue to encounter, love, and serve Jesus, one another, and the world.  For the next several weeks, we will highlight a spiritual work of mercy, along with Scripture passages and practical tips on living the works of mercy in our daily lives.  See the links below for more insights.

  
  Corporal Works of Mercy Spiritual Works of Mercy
  1. Feed the hungry 1. Admonish the sinner
  2. Give drink to the thirsty 2. Instruct the ignorant
  3. Clothe the naked 3. Counsel the doubtful
  4. Visit the imprisoned 4. Comfort the sorrowful
  5. Shelter the homeless 5. Bear wrongs patiently
  6. Visit the sick 6. Forgive offenses willingly
  7. Bury the dead 7. Pray for the living and the dead