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The Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy

The Corporal Works of Mercy

The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise.  They "are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs" (USCCA).  They respond to the basic needs of humanity as we journey together through this life. 

  1. Feed the hungry

  2. Give Drink to the thirsty

  3. Shelter the homeless

  4. Visit the sick

  5. Visit the prisoners

  6. Bury the dead

  7. Give alms to the poor

The fruits of the Spirit

The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory.  The tradition of the Church list twelve of them:

  1. Charity

  2. Joy

  3. Peace

  4. Patience

  5. Kindness

  6. Goodness

  7. Generosity

  8. Gentleness

  9. Faithfulness

  10. Modesty

  11. Self control

  12. Chastity

The Spiritual Works of Mercy

The Spiritual Works of Mercy have long been a part of the Christian tradition, appearing in the works of theologians and spiritual writers throughout history.  Just as Jesus attended to the spiritual well-being of those he ministered to, these Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to "help our neighbor in their spiritual needs" (USCCA).

  1. Counseling the doubtful

  2. Instructing the ignorant

  3. Admonishing the sinner

  4. Comforting the sorrowful

  5. Forgiving injuries

  6. Bearing wrongs patiently

  7. Praying for the living and the dead

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