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Have mercy on us and on the whole world

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Reflections on Mercy

“Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?’ He answered, ‘The one who treated him with mercy’” (Lk 10:37).

Now is a good time for us to reflect on mercy, and what Christ’s call for mercy looks like, especially in this Year of Mercy. The Church gives us some guidelines to treat our neighbor with mercy. They are called “the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.” Can you name all seven of each? Pope Francis and many in the world beautifully focus on the corporal works of mercy (feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, bury for the dead, and give alms to the poor). So, let’s take a look at the ones that aren’t as well known – the spiritual works.

Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD, has written some specific thoughts for each of the seven spiritual works of mercy as one of “a 14-part series to help inspire parish cenacle and study groups who are looking for ways to make a difference in this troubled world. We invite you to review the entire series” (www.thedivinemercy.org). I will be elaborating more on these works of mercy in the coming weeks, especially with practical examples.

May you know the peace of Christ,

Fr Greg

First: Admonish Sinners

This work of mercy — “tough love,” you could call it — is one of the hardest to practice in the western world today. Why? Because we live in the “I’m-OK-you’re-OK” culture. As such, I have my own personal set of values, and you have your own personal set of values, and we are each free to practice those values to our heart’s content just as long as we do not do grievous bodily harm to others in the process (although that limitation is waived when the “others” in question are unborn children, the chronically ill, and elderly)…

Second: Instruct the Uninformed

This means, first of all, accepting our God-given responsibility to be the primary source of religious education and formation for our children. Some Catholics may be surprised to learn that it is not the local Catholic school or CCD program upon whom this responsibility primarily rests. Rather, it is the parents…

Third and Fourth: Counsel the Doubtful and Comfort the Sorrowful

You can become that person for others if you learn to really listen to the Holy Spirit in your own life first with the help of a spiritual director. Read the New Testament every day… Then, having learned to listen, you will be ready and able to listen deeply to others…

Fifth: Be Patient With Those in Error

In God’s merciful love, we certainly ought to share the Catholic Faith with those who are far from Him because they need His mercy so badly. (Don’t we all!) It is an act of merciful love to share the faith with those who need it and to pray for them…

Sixth: Forgive Offenses

In short, we are not to curse the darkness, but to pray for those in darkness. (See Mt 5:44.)…

Seventh: Pray for the Living and the Dead

Every day we are to bring our needs, the needs of our loved ones, and the needs of the whole world into the merciful Heart of Jesus…

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