That's basically what the Works of Mercy are...
People are without enough groceries to feed their kids, sending them to school without breakfast... Give to the Food Bank... Feeding the hungry. Someone from your office is sick in the hospital, you go to visit...Visit the Sick. These are Corporal Works of Mercy...
You talked to a co-worker sharing your faith; a friend just lost his wife and you comfort him -- these are Spiritual Works of Mercy... Instructing the uninformed, Comfort the sorrowful.
"Scripture tells us that mercy is the condition for salvation. This is made clear in the Last Judgment (in Matthew 25), where those saved are saved simply if they performed what we later called the corporal works of mercy—feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned and bury the dead....It means entering into the entire “problem” or “chaos” of that person’s particular situation. In fact, that’s how I would define mercy: the willingness to enter into the chaos of others."
Excerpt from The Works of Mercy: Heart of Catholic Identity
By: James F. Keenan, S.J.
"Too often works of mercy become a humanistic endeavor where one feels obligated to help out of peer pressure or because it's the thing to do and one will gain some temporal reward either financially or in praise and so they become philanthropic without realizing it doesn't amount to a hill of beans when push comes to shove except that the recipient may have gained temporal relief of some kind. Too many fail to realize for something to truly be a work of mercy and gain merit in Heaven it must be done out of love for our neighbor because of our love for God first and foremost.
Without God as the Keystone of all we do, all is futile. That is why the corporal works of mercy cannot stand on their own without the spiritual works of mercy. Yet, both are vital in our cooperation with salvation for ourselves and our neighbor."
Bury the dead.
Counsel the doubtful.
Pray for the living and the dead.
|Early Divine Mercy Image|
taken from The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion, revised edition. Marian Press Stockbridge MA 01263