Thursday, 2 April 2020

Works of Mercy

Jesus is calling you to practice mercy towards others.

"Works of mercy" are also called "acts of mercy" and "deeds of mercy."

Jesus wants us to show Mercy to others.

The works of mercy have been divided into two categories, each with seven elements:

CORPORAL WORKS includes those acts showing love and mercy to others who have material and physical needs. This include:
  • Feeding the hungry;
  • Giving water to the thirsty;
  • Giving clothes to the naked;
  • Giving/sharing shelter to the homeless;
  • Visiting the sick;
  • Visiting the imprisoned, and;
  • Burying the dead.

SPIRITUAL WORKS includes those acts showing love and mercy to others who have spiritual needs. This include:
  • Instructing the ignorant;
  • Counseling the doubtful;
  • Admonishing the sinners;
  • Bearing patiently those who wrong us;
  • Forgiving offenses;
  • Comforting the afflicted, and;
  • Praying for the living and the dead.

Extraordinary graces associated with the Divine Mercy Sunday:

I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it. 

I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor:
the first — by deed, the second — by word, the third — by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy. 

Many souls … are often worried because they do not have the material means with which to carry out an act of mercy. Yet spiritual mercy, which requires neither permissions nor storehouses, is much more meritorious and is within the grasp of every soul. 

If a soul does not exercise mercy somehow or other, it will not obtain My mercy on the day of judgment. Oh, if only souls knew how to gather eternal treasure for themselves, they would not be judged, for they would forestall My judgment with their mercy.

--- St. Faustina Diary, 1317

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