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Our Lord and His Holy Apostles at the Last Supper

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Now therefore saith the Lord: Be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting, and in weeping, and in mourning. And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful

Joel 2:12-13

Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy

How many of these have you done recently? Out of all fourteen Works of Mercy, I think the fourth and seventh from the second list are the most difficult to accomplish in some way. Stretching the point a little, the fourth can be supported by supporting PNCEA Prison Ministries, an organization that serves the spiritual and religious needs of Catholic inmates in American prisons. Doing something personally would be better, but one can't do everything.

How to do something about #7? Maybe contribute to disaster relief, after a major disaster?

The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy
1. To admonish sinners.
2. To instruct the ignorant.
3. To counsel the doubtful.
4. To comfort the sorrowful.
5. To bear wrongs patiently.
6. To forgive all injuries.
7. To pray for the living and the dead

The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy
1. To feed the hungry.
2. To give drink to the thirsty.
3. To clothe the naked.
4. To visit and ransom the captives.
5. To harbor the harborless.
6. To visit the sick.
7. To bury the dead

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