Corporal and Spiritual
Works of Mercy
The Church teaches us to be merciful in various
The Corporal Works of Mercy
To feed the hungry: "For
I was hungry and you gave me to eat." Mt. 25:35
To give drink to the
thirsty: "...I was thirsty and you gave me to drink..." Mt. 25:35
To clothe the naked: "I
was naked and you clothed me..." Mt. 25:36
To visit the imprisoned:
"I was in prison and you came to me." Mt. 25:36
To shelter the homeless:
"...I was a stranger and you took me in..." Mt. 25:35
To visit the sick: "...I
was sick and you cared for me..." Mt. 25:36
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
Spiritual Works of Mercy
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."
To instruct the
ignorant: "Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all
creation." Mk. 16:15
To counsel the doubtful:
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you...Let not your
hearts be troubled..." Jn. 14:27
To comfort the
sorrowful: "Come to me, all you grown weary and burdened, and I will
refresh you." Mt. 11:28
To bear wrongs
patiently: "...Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you." Lk. 6:27-28
To forgive all injuries:
"And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." Mt.
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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