The 50 days of the Easter season provide us with plenty of time to spread the hope and joy of the Risen Christ to others. One of the ways that we do this is by performing Spiritual Works of Mercy. While the Corporal Works of Mercy aim to help our neighbors with their material and physical needs, the Spiritual Works of Mercy aim to help people with their emotional and spiritual needs. All works of mercy, however, share one thing in common: their goal is to bring new life through hope to those who are experiencing some form of despair. Our belief in the Risen Christ reminds us that the light of Christ has overcome the darkness. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore the first three Spiritual Works of Mercy: instruct, advise, and comfort.
For more information about the Spiritual Works of Mercy, check out the following links:
- The Church of Mercy
- Echoes of Mercy
- The Mercy Rule: How to Teach the Works of Mercy
- Three Ways to Make Hope Real
Note: While the language in lists of the works of mercy sometimes varies, the idea of caring for the needs of our neighbors is true throughout. See the Catechism of the Catholic Church #2447 and more information on the USCCB website.