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The 14 works of corporal and spiritual Mercy

The 14 works of corporal and spiritual Mercy

In "Dives in Misericordia", John Paul II reminds us that "Christ taught that man not only receives and experiences the mercy of God but that he is called to practice mercy towards others".

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Day Fourteen - Spiritual Work of Mercy - To pray for the living and the dead

Dear Participants, Here we are, about to complete our journey through the Works of Mercy. The last, but not least, of spiritual works of mercy consists of praying for the living and the dead. It is a simple, accessible to all action, although easy ...

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Day Thirteen - Spiritual Work of Mercy - To console the afflicted

Dear Participants, Consoling the afflicted, as any other work of mercy, is not easy. But in that case, it’s for a different reason. Our society taught us that suffering, affliction, is a sign of weakness. Thus we have to either solve the &ldqu...

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Day Twelve - Spiritual Work of Mercy - To forgive offenses willingly

Dear Participants, Forgiving offenses willingly is the logical consequence of yesterday’s work of mercy, bearing wrongs patiently, and it is equally difficult to put into practice. Forgiveness is not a punctual event, but rather a process, th...

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Day Eleven - Spiritual Work of Mercy - To bear wrongs patiently

Dear Participants, While most of the spiritual works of mercy are directed outward, aiming to help another person, this spiritual work of bearing wrongs patiently is directed inward, for our own spiritual benefit. While this work of mercy seems eas...

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Day Ten - Spiritual Work of Mercy - To admonish the sinner

Dear Participants, Today, we'll discuss admonishment, a very delicate spiritual work of mercy.  “Admonishing the sinner?”, really? And who am I to judge? Why would I do that? None of my business! They will be OFFENDED! Let&rs...

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Day Nine - Spiritual Work of Mercy - To counsel the doubtful

Dear Participants, Today, we’ll talk about doubt. Most people nowadays go through a phase of confusion and uncertainty. Inevitably, they will find themselves wondering what’s the purpose of their life, what are God’s plans for...

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Day Eight - Spiritual Work of Mercy: To instruct the ignorant

Dear Participants, Today, we will start meditating on the spiritual works of mercy. In the same way corporal works tend to the physical needs, spiritual works tend to the spiritual needs. The first spiritual work of mercy is to instruct the ignorant...

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Day Seven - Corporal work of Mercy: To bury the dead

Dear Participants,  We are halfway through our program; we sincerely hope that you are finding these texts inspiring and motivating. As usual, please share your thoughts in the comments section. This day’s work of mercy is the last one of...

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Day Six - Corporal work of Mercy: To visit the imprisoned

Dear Participants, Following the teachings of Christ will push you out of your comfort zone, and this work of mercy is a perfect example – visiting prisoners, seriously? We would have to overcome a legitimate repulsion and fear for a place lik...

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Day Five - Corporal work of Mercy: To visit the sick

Dear participants, In today’s world, all that is not young, fresh, healthy, good-looking, is often swept under the rug. Our society is for the most uncomfortable around sick persons, disabled people, or the elderly. However, they still are a p...

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Day Four - Corporal work of Mercy: To shelter the homeless

Dear Participants,While welcoming the strange is probably among the most difficult work of Mercy to perform, as it implies trusting the other with our resources, our safety, sometimes our own home, let us take heart and dive into the Word for encoura...

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Day Three - Corporal work of Mercy: To clothe the naked

Dear Participants, On this third day, you are already familiar with the meditation layout. Did you notice that we showcase contemporary saints? We focus on saints from the XIXth and XXth century: while a few are renowned, many are still unknown, yet...

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Day Two - Corporal work of Mercy: to give water to the thirsty

Dear Participants, We hope that our first post inspired you! We try to keep it short, yet compelling. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.  Today, we will focus on the following Work of Mercy: to give water to the thirsty ...

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Day One - Corporal work of Mercy: To feed the hungry

Dear Participants,Welcome to these two weeks of prayer around the Works of Mercy! Every day, we will meditate on one specific Work of Mercy, through texts of the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Saints' life. All biblical quotations are...

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