16 July 2012

Works of mercy...


In an effort to organize ourselves, we often make lists of “things to do,”and we get a real sense of accomplishment as we check them off. The Church, also, gives us such a list which is based upon the teaching of Christ. This list is known as the "corporal and spiritual works of mercy."

The corporal works are: to feed the hungry; to give drink to the thirsty; to clothe the naked; to shelter the homeless; to visit the sick; to visit those in prison; to bury the dead.

The spiritual works are: to convert the sinner; to instruct the ignorant; to counsel the doubtful; to comfort the sorrowful; to bear wrongs patiently; to forgive injuries; to pray for the living and the dead.

Out of our love for Christ, and because of our faith in Him, we should keep before us this list of “things to do.”