Be Merciful

 

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”  (Luke 6:36)

Christ stressed mercy to Saint Faustina:

“I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse yourself from it.”  (Diary, 742)

“When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain within itself, but irradiates them to other souls.”  (Diary, 1074)

We radiate God’s mercy to others by our actions, words and prayers. We should ask the Lord to help us recognize the various ways we can show His mercy, among Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, because of our individual personality and situation in life.

Corporal Works of Mercy relieve corporal suffering:

To feed the hungry.
To give drink to the thirsty.
To clothe the naked.
To shelter the homeless.
To visit the sick.
To visit the imprisoned.
To bury the dead.

Spiritual Works of Mercy relieve spiritual suffering:

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.

Works of Mercy meet the second of the two greatest commandments: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Matthew 22:39)

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