Skip to comments.The Spiritual Works of Mercy
Posted on 03/06/2010 10:54:35 AM PST by Salvation
Continuing with our series on The Eternal Sevens we move on to The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy.
1. To Admonish the Sinner
One cannot perform the the works of mercy without being willing to admonish the sinner and warn them out of true charity for the sake of their soul. Of course, one must do this with compassion and love, but one cannot let that compassion and love be seen as the drivel of tolerance that is preached today. Christ did not hug those seeking to stone Mary Magdalene nor joke around with the money peddlers in the Temple. Likewise, despite what twisted Catholics would like to believe, He did not wink at Mary Magdalene and tell her to just be herself either. Too often we are told that we are not fit to judge others and this is true, but this does not mean that we cannot warn them, teach them and guide them and leave the judging to God. Beware anyone who tells you not to judge when you try to help another return on the path to salvation, for he who warns you is working on a commission from the devil.
2. To Instruct the Ignorant
Given the premise of the first work described above, it becomes evident that in watching each other's back we must become teachers for each other. One of the greatest lies perpetuated by this lost society is the notion that tolerance is a virtue and therefore one cannot respect others if one does not accept them as they are and condone what they do. In the footsteps of Christ and Saint John The Baptist, we each have a duty to speak out against wrong and evil. Sometimes we will need to use gentle tact and other times a loud yell will be needed, but in both cases the objective will be to instruct.
Our own salvation may very well be judged by how many people we brought with us to Paradise. By our actions and words, we will either bring many to salvation or to perdition. The third possibility is that we will only bring ourselves to the Feast offered by God, in which case we will surely have ignored love of others in the exclusive service of love of self. Simply put, we must see our role as salespeople for God and our own merit may be judged by how many customers we sell on Christ. Unlike the perverted education of this society, our lessons must be firm guides toward God and salvation and not diluted aberrations justifying a move away from God and toward self.
3. To Counsel the Doubtful
If there is one given in this world, it is that we as imperfect humans will from time to time experience doubt and confusion. We will all get lost on the road and need directions and guidance. True Catholicism requires that we watch each other's back and help each other back on the road to salvation. It is in this regard that most of today's clergy is seriously lacking, for they not only have relinquished their role as guides to salvation, but have become purveyors or perdition instead. In so doing they place the faithful in a precarious position of either seeking salvation "solo" or following the wolf to grandma's house. When nuns and priests distort social justice into promotion and tolerance of evil and sin, they become the wolves instead of the shepherds.
4. To Comfort the Sorrowful
Sadness and tragedy are all part of life, and the notion that tragedy and misfortune instruct is swallowed most easily when one is not the one suffering the pain. Again, we cannot be true Catholics unless we are there to embrace those suffering in some way. Being a true Catholic means that we reject the idea that "he who cries, cries alone" because following Christ implies seeking discomfort to comfort and not seeking comfort to avoid. How can we dare to ask God's comfort when we readily deny that comfort to others?
5. To Bear Wrongs Patiently
Personally, this is one of the most difficult tasks for me. Ultimately, the ability to bear wrongs patiently is based on having such a trust in God that one leaves justice to Him and believes that any wrong inflicted on us is the Will of God and must carry some saving grace. The Psalms are a wonderful salve for understanding this and remembering Christ's words to turn the other cheek in bearing all wrongs patiently.
Patience is a virtue that many are too impatient to practice because they hold grudges that weigh them down in their spiritual journey and prevent them from being true exemplars of all God wills us to be. Yet, at the same time, we must also take great care that no one calumniate us and charge us of a serious crime that is untrue for that can have grave consequences with one's reputation and that is something that should be closely guarded. Remember, God is not looking for a pansy who won't fight back, but prudent soldiers who choose their battles wisely and know their foe.
6. To Forgive All Injuries
Easily one of the most difficult tasks of being a true Catholic is washing the slate clean of all resentments and hurts. Like Christ, we must be willing to allow the tide of love to wash away the footprints of injury inflicted by others for salvation is found in looking toward God and not back to past injuries. Again, forgiveness does not mean twisted tolerance or mindless acceptance of evil and sin but rather a willingness to see the wound and yet allow that wound to heal. This lost society cannot see that wound to the soul and will inevitably lose eternal salvation if they do not truly understand, see it and do something about it. They will consider you weak if you forgive, but to God it is a sign of strength and those who are consumed with pride will either pretend true forgiveness is not there or even wave it as a badge of honor for human respect rather than doing it for God. When we are tempted not to forgive, we should never forget that Christ forgave even from the Cross. Can we do less?
7. To Pray for the Living and the Dead
The value of prayer, in descending order, is praying to God, then praying for others, and lastly praying for oneself. If one prays for the living, one is showing immediate mercy, humility, and selflessness that will surely be rewarded by a Wise God. If one prays for the dead, one is showing an awareness of our universal ultimate fate and therefore the kind of humility and appreciation that guides us toward that Heavenly Prize as well.
While we may have no idea if our prayer is being answered specifically, we can take consolation that it is helping tremendously for God sees and heeds the effects of our efforts. More things are received by prayer than the world can imagine. And the key is that while we are doing our part in the Communion of Saints by praying for those in the Church Militant and Church Suffering, our prayers never fall on deaf hears in the Church Triumphant who are more than willing to intercede on our behalf. In praying for both those alive and those who have passed on, we unite this world to the next and recognize that we will all pass through the veil and we better have our eternal passports in order. Prayer is the perfect preparation.
Social justice junkies love to twist the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy described in the previous article into some empty, material masks of goodness devoid of sincerity and respect for God. Call it "Humanism." Likewise, even as this society distorts those works, it condemns the Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy as some kind of destructive intolerance, radical arrogance, and foolish weakness. One cannot have the Corporal Works of Mercy without the Spiritual Works of Mercy that necessarily accompany and enhance them. In fact, the devil loves to separate these two kinds of works as much as possible for he knows that in this separation lies the harvest of many souls to perdition. In Part Four we will discuss The Seven Deadly Sins.
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The seven practices of Catholic charity toward our neighbors soul:
» Admonish sinners
» Instruct the ignorant
» Counsel the doubtful
» Comfort the sorrowful
» Bear wrongs patiently
» Forgive injuries
» Pray for the living and the dead
These are based on the teaching of Christ and on Church practice since apostolic times.
The spiritual works of mercy are oriented toward the soul
Many seem to spend a lot of time exercising The Spiritual Works on Mercy here on the religion forum.
I thought of that too. Many, but not all. LOL!
There is a way coming to preach, fight terror, and fight liberalism all at once:
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Striking at the root of Islam and liberalism:
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A film that could potentially verify the historical accuracy of much of the Bible is getting a major expansion, causing its producers to be extra sensitive to modern political concerns and anxious fans to wait even longer for its release.
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What does this have to do with The spiritual Works of Mercy concerning one’s soul?
Maybe I’m just dense this morning.
FRiend, I guess I’m more pragmatic. People need to believe before they can heal.
“To Admonish the Sinner”
This used to be called “rebuking sinners.”
Guess that was too harsh for the kumbaya crowd.
That is true. Thanks.
I likw “Rebuke the sinner.” Seems like we do a lot of that here.
(Not that we aren’t sinners, also, we just try to talk about the truth of things.)
Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great dictated by Our Lord to release 1,000 Souls from Purgatory each time it is said:
“Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.”
Great prayer! Thanks.
One recurring thought of mine recently - and that has been a wonderful source of contemplation for me - is that from the cross itself,
Christ NEEDED the seven corporal works of mercy from us, and
Christ PERFORMED the seven spiritual works of mercy for us.
That’s a “WOW” in my book to think about.
God bless you. Sorry if you felt “spammed”.
Hey, Job 26.7 predicts outer space. I think that is plain cool.
“He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.”
Please check it out when you can.
Thank you and may God bless you....................