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Acts of Mercy

 

In practice, the works of mercy has both a personal and a wider social dimension. A true disciple of Jesus Christ will not want to neglect either one. Our merciful Savior, after all, is the true and rightful “Lord” of all creation, and that includes every aspect of human life: our personal life, married and family life, ecclesiastical life, and even the social, economic and political dimensions of our lives.

 

Do not be afraid of seeking our Lord’s will in the latter areas: it does not necessarily mean we must engage in “partisan politics,” but we are sometimes called to struggle against extreme social evils that degrade the human person, such as racism, poverty, tyranny, or violations of the fundamental human right to life, such as abortion and euthanasia. Accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior includes rejecting everything incompatible with His reign of compassion and merciful love.

 

 

Isn’t Service hours and Works of Mercy the Same Thing?

 

NO!  Volunteering to pick up trash at a local park is nice and should be done, but it’s not a Work of Mercy. On the other hand, taking time to sit and visit with an elderly neighbor who may be lonely would definitely qualify!

 

The Works of Mercy are things that we should naturally do as Christians. This is meant to help you recognize and reflect, and act upon those things in your life. Can others see by your actions that you are a follower of Christ?

 

 

Why should I do Works of Mercy during Confirmation prep?

 

Confirmation prep classes should help enable a Christian to assume responsibilities of the Christian life. Further, it is the Church’s responsibility to discern whether or not a person is responsive to God’s grace and suitably prepared to receive Confirmation by looking for signs in that person’s life; one of which is manifested by our acts of charity and serving those in need.

 

The Works of Mercy are important because

 

1) you’re not just counting hours and

 

2) we are called to perform the Works Of Mercy for our entire lives not just for Confirmation

 

3) Jesus didn’t want us to randomly volunteer but called us to do the works of mercy.

 

 

Christian service is about deliberate moments of compassion performed out of Love for those who are in real need. In this way we encounter Christ in those whom we serve and bring the love of Christ to them through our actions. For this reason, each act of service you perform should fall under one of the Corporal or Spiritual Works of Mercy in some way.

 

 

Volunteering to pick up trash at a local park is nice and should be done, but it’s not a Work of Mercy. On the other hand, taking time to sit and visit with an elderly neighbor who may be lonely would definitely qualify!

 

The Works of Mercy are things that we should naturally do as Christians. This is meant to help you recognize and reflect, and act upon those things in your life. Can others see by your actions that you are a follower of Christ?

 

The Corporal Works of Mercy

 

The Corporal Works of Mercy are these kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs.

 

  • Feed the hungry

  • Give drink to the thirsty

  • Clothe the naked

  • Shelter the homeless

  • Visit the sick

  • Visit the imprisoned

  • Bury the dead

 

 

The Spiritual Works of Mercy

 

The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of compassion, as listed below, by which we help our neighbors with their emotional and spiritual needs.

 

  • Admonish the sinner

  • Instruct the ignorant (This and the next work

    are extremely pertinent categories today, when so many people are confused by

    what the Church teaches on contraception, abortion, homosexuality, etc.)

  • Counsel the doubtful

  • Comfort the sorrowful

  • Bear wrongs patiently

  • Forgive all injuries

  • Pray for the living and the dead

 

 

 

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