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:
- 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.