Works of Mercy

posted Apr 4, 2012, 2:01 PM by St. Joseph Cheyenne   [ updated Apr 4, 2012, 2:09 PM ]
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.-Matthew 5:7 Divine Mercy Sunday is coming up fast, so in anticipation of this great celebration please take time out of your week to perform a simple task of mercy. Perhaps if everyone did at least one act of mercy, either corporal or spiritual, every week then the world would be a little brighter and more loving.
Corporal works of mercy:
Corporal Works of Mercy are those that tend to
bodily needs.
1. To feed the hungry.
2. To give drink to the thirsty.
3. To shelter the homeless.
4. To clothe the naked.
5. To visit and ransom the captive,
(prisoners).
6. To visit the sick.
7. To bury the dead.
Spiritual works of mercy:
Spiritual Works of Mercy are those that tend to
spiritual needs.
1. Instruct the uninformed
2. Counsel the doubtful;
3. Admonish sinners;
4. Bear wrongs patiently;
5. Forgive offenses willingly;
6. Comfort the afflicted;
7. Pray for the living, the sick and the dead.

Pope John Paul II was a follower of the Divine Mercy devotion, and canonized Faustina. In his encyclical Dives in Misericordia he examined not only God's mercy, but also the need for human mercy. Along with Works of Piety, they are necessary for the believer to move on to Christian perfection.