Corporal and Spiritual
Works of Mercy

The Church teaches us to be merciful in various ways

 

  The Corporal Works of Mercy

  1. To feed the hungry: "For I was hungry and you gave me to eat." Mt. 25:35


  1. To give drink to the thirsty: "...I was thirsty and you gave me to drink..." Mt. 25:35

  1. To clothe the naked: "I was naked and you clothed me..." Mt. 25:36

  1. To visit the imprisoned: "I was in prison and you came to me." Mt. 25:36

  1. To shelter the homeless: "...I was a stranger and you took me in..." Mt. 25:35

  1. To visit the sick: "...I was sick and you cared for me..." Mt. 25:36

  1. To bury the dead: "Amen, I say to you, insofar as you did it for one of these least of my brothers, you did it for me." Mt. 25:40

  The Spiritual Works of Mercy

  1. To admonish the sinner: "...there will be more joy in Heaven at the repentance of one sinner than at ninety-nine of the righteous who had no need of repentance." Lk. 15:7

  1. To instruct the ignorant: "Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation." Mk. 16:15

  1. To counsel the doubtful: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you...Let not your hearts be troubled..." Jn. 14:27

  1. To comfort the sorrowful: "Come to me, all you grown weary and burdened, and I will refresh you." Mt. 11:28

  1. To bear wrongs patiently: "...Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you." Lk. 6:27-28

  1. To forgive all injuries: "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." Mt. 6:12

  1. To pray for the living and the dead: "Father, I desire that they, too, may be with me where I am..." Jn. 17:24

 

 

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