THE 7 SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY
Dear friends, as we are in the Lenten season, it is worthwhile to review the 7 SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY and examine ourselves if we strive to live them in our daily life:
The spiritual works of mercy are:
1. To instruct the ignorant;
2. To counsel the doubtful;
3. To admonish sinners or correct those who err
4. To bear wrongs patiently;
5. To forgive offences willingly;
6. To comfort the afflicted;
7. To pray for the living and the dead.
“To instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, and console the sorrowing is not always within the competency of every one. To bear wrongs patiently, to forgive offences willingly, and to pray for the living and the dead are things from which on due occasion no one may dispense himself on the pleas that he has not some special array of gifts required for their observance. They are evidently within the reach of all. It must not be forgotten that the works of mercy demand more than a humanitarian basis if they are to serve as instruments in bringing about our eternal salvation. The proper motive is indispensable and this must be one drawn from the supernatural order (newadvent.org)”, that is for love of God through love of one’s neighbor.
Let us ask Our Lord so that not a day would pass without us loving Him through our neighbor through these spiritual acts of mercy. Mother of mercy, pray for us!
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