Mercy is a virtue that influences a person’s compassion for another. Mercy inspires the will to ease another’s misfortunes or suffering in either body or soul. The corporal and spiritual works of mercy are charitable actions that extend God’s compassion and mercy to those in need.
However, the works of mercy are more than gestures or obligations. To gain merit in heaven, the actions must be performed as acts of love for our neighbor as a response to our deep love for God. The corporal and spiritual works of mercy work together as paths to Salvation. They give Christians ways to live according to Jesus’ Great Commandment. And they are particularly important to pay attention to now as we celebrate the Holy Year of Mercy, called for by Pope Francis.
As we live through this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy (December 8, 2015–November 20, 2016), use my new Works of Mercy Prayers and Activities packet to help you spread the message of mercy to those you serve. The packet includes a prayer service, two guided reflections, a video suggestion with discussion starter questions, and a selection of activities to learn about and put into action the works of mercy.
Let us use this Jubilee Year to become the “Church of Mercy” that Pope Francis calls us to be. Fill out the form below to receive the free PDF: Works of Mercy Prayers and Activities.