Pop-Up Catechesis: Easter and the Spiritual Works of Mercy, Part 2

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

All Christians are called to be a “Resurrection People,” and that means that in our thoughts, words, and actions, we are to embody and exemplify hope and joy and to share that with others, especially those experiencing despair. For this reason, the 50 days of Easter provide a wonderful opportunity for us to practice the Spiritual Works of Mercy—acts of compassion by which we help our neighbors with their emotional and spiritual needs. In a previous episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explored the first three Spiritual Works of Mercy: instructing, advising, and comforting. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore the following Spiritual Works of Mercy: admonishing, forgiving, and bearing wrongs patiently.

By the way, I did not address the seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy, “pray for the living and the dead,” in the video, since that is self-explanatory.

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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