Pop-Up Catechesis: Easter and the Spiritual Works of Mercy, Part 1

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

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:

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.

About Joe Paprocki 2742 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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