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Friday, January 29, 2016

Mercy

It's not good enough to just save your own soul, you must work to save others too.
That's what I believe, and it shapes my prayer life.
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, one of the spiritual works of mercy is to pray for the living and the dead.
As an aside, here are the spiritual and corporal works of mercy:

The corporal works of mercy :
To feed the hungry;
To give drink to the thirsty;
To clothe the naked;
To harbour the harbourless;
To visit the sick;
To ransom the captive;
To bury the dead.

The spiritual works of mercy:
To instruct the ignorant;
To counsel the doubtful;
To admonish sinners;
To bear wrongs patiently;
To forgive offences willingly;
To comfort the afflicted;
To pray for the living and the dead.

Our parish priest is exhorting us to do works of mercy this year, over and above what we already do. Since I already pray for the living and the dead, every day, it's time to add more works. Several of these I already do as occasion arises; two I can improve upon are "To bear wrongs patiently" and "To forgive offences willingly".

The first 3 spiritual works of mercy require a tact and a fervor that I am not confidant in; however sometimes we have to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone for the sake of others. One of the ways to get involved with those 3 works is to use social media; to put our faith and our beliefs out there for the world to see; even at the risk of scorn and verbal and written attacks- for those are the souls who are in need of mercy. 

For the corporal works of mercy- we can support our local food banks even more that normal; we can give our excess clothing to charity; we can give money to support housing programs for the homeless or for shelters; and we can visit those in hospital or prison. We can give to those who beg on the streets- if you aren't comfortable giving money because it may be used for drugs or alcohol, you can keep a few restaurant or grocery store gift cards in your wallet to hand out.

If you are already poor, or not mobile, concentrate on the spiritual works of mercy. 
In doing more for souls you do more for your own soul. God will be merciful to the merciful.


1 comment:

Michael said...

Shirley, thank you for posting this. I took it as motivation to do better myself. And I pray for you, that you may achieve your goal of doing more. God Bless you!