Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thoughts about mercy

During this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy our Holy Father strongly encourages us to practice the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.  If you don't remember them, here they are:  

Corporal works of mercy
  • To feed the hungry;
  • To give drink to the thirsty;
  • To clothe the naked;
  • To harbour the harbourless (homeless)
  • To visit the sick;
  • To ransom the captive;
  • To bury the dead.
The spiritual works of mercy are:
  • 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.
On the Aletei news web site I found this wonderful article concerning the corporal work of mercy - to bury the dead.  I thought you might like to see it. It really touched my heart.  Here is the link:

Most of us are not able to carry out this work of mercy in this way but we can pray for those we know who have died, especially those who had no family.  Maybe we could pray in a generic way: "Lord for those who have recently died alone. You, Lord, know who they are.   Have mercy on them. Grant them eternal rest."  

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