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The Spiritual Works of Mercy [Catholic Caucus] ^ | Monday, March 19, 2007 | John

Posted on 05/20/2012 9:59:50 AM PDT by Salvation

The Spiritual Works of Mercy

Mercy is a virtue. It compels us to alleviate the suffering of another. The Church presents us with 7 spiritual and 7 corporeal works of mercy. These are ways in which we can practice charity to others and thus bring about tremendous good in the world. The practice of these works is required of all of us. These works are binding. Though it may not always be possible to practice them, as the situation does not present itself to perform these works at all times, we should always take the opportunities to live by these works when possible.

The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy:
- To instruct the ignorant;
- To counsel the doubtful;
- To admonish sinners;
- To bear wrongs patiently;
- To forgive offenses willingly;
- To comfort the afflicted;
- To pray for the living and the dead.

The first work is to instruct the ignorant. By this we are called to instruct others in the faith. This involves teaching formally and dispelling misconceptions and fallacies when they arise. How often do we hear people speaking as if they had authority, only to spread false teachings about Christ and His Church? When these situations arise, we must spring to action. We must therefore, be informed about our faith so that we may properly teach it to those who do not yet know the fullness of the truth.

When we encounter those who are unsure of their faith, we must affirm them in it and help them grow. Everyone’s faith is tested, as that is the only way it can grow. Untested faith is a house of cards, waiting to collapse. Our faith must be tested in fire so that it may be strong. There are times, however, when that fire causes the faith to be soft and malleable on its way to solidifying. During these times when our loved ones are suffering loss, persecution, or anger, and their faith is in doubt, we must stand by them and offer show them the way. We must show them the ultimate source of strength, Jesus.

The third of these works of mercy is to admonish the sinner. This can be the most difficult to carry out. We know that sinfulness is a very secretive and explosive matter. The sinner frequently recognizes his sins, but is defensive about them. Neglect of this particular work of mercy has led to our society being so morally relativistic. If the truth is not made known, it will be forgotten. Though it may cause strife at times, we must bear this cross and carry on. We must tell people when they are sinning. They will likely counter with the line “Stop judging me!” Of course we should not judge others, but sins are committed in plain sight, and so they must be addressed. We must not make assumptions about sins that are implied or that might not have taken place, but we must inform people when they are blatantly sinning.

We must bear wrongs patiently. This is also a very difficult task. Our pride gets in the way. We must not be taken advantage of, says our ego. Truly, when others offend us, injure us, attack us, or undermine us, we are called to “Turn the other cheek”. We can do no better than to imitate Christ, the silent victim, who by His patient, courageous endurance of all forms of bodily and mental torture. He was beaten, insulted and killed, yet in His acceptance, He purchased our redemption. How marvelous would our reward be if we could just bear the slightest wrongs with joy and hope in our eternal reward?

Inseparably bound with the patient endurance of offenses, is the forgiveness of them. When our heart is filled with bitterness and grudges, we find no room for the love of Christ within it. Forgiveness requires heroic virtue at times. Mercy dictates that we forgive others’ faults and wrongs, even when it pains us greatly and gives us no temporal satisfaction. Heroism requires sacrifice. Sometimes the greatest heroism stems from the sacrifice of pride. Forgiveness is an eternal virtue, as we will find forgiveness after death to the degree that we showed it to others in this life.

There are times when all we can do is to give a thoughtful word to someone in pain or sorrow. We must comfort the afflicted. In doing so, we help others cope with difficulties. We build up the dignity of our brothers and sisters in Christ when we give them our time and comfort, for those who suffer, sometimes suffer the most painful of ordeals when they find no one who is willing to help them in their struggles. They find their dignity and self-worth crushed. Let us never leave a friend in misery without some heart-felt words or a loving embrace to lift them out of their affliction.

Finally, the greatest and most powerful form of mercy is prayer, for though we can provide physical and emotional aid to our neighbors, the Lord God can provide the greatest aid, which is spiritual. Our prayers are the most important form of mercy we can give. It shows our ultimate dedication to the alleviation of the burdens of others. Our private intercession for our neighbors and for the departed brings us little fame or admiration from others, but in the end, when we stand before God, we will be able to give an account of our prayerful mercy to others, and so Jesus will in turn show us mercy.

These works are not optional. They are indeed binding and necessary for our eternal salvation. We are called to be merciful. The opportunities are frequent and urgent. Let us not pass by the afflicted in their times of trial. Let us love others through these spiritual works so that through our sacrifice, we may bring others to the greatest joy, which is the vision of God in all His splendor in Heaven.

TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; mecy; service; spiritual
John 15: 12
1 posted on 05/20/2012 9:59:55 AM PDT by Salvation
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To: Salvation
Second Exodus

Spiritual Works of Mercy


The seven practices of Catholic charity toward our neighbor’s 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. The corporal works of mercy are oriented toward the body.

2 posted on 05/20/2012 10:15:25 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Catholic Ping!

3 posted on 05/20/2012 12:15:52 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

RE: To bear wrongs patiently. Sometimes the Vicar of Jesus Christ makes available a Plenary Indulgence for >baring a Sword & banging on heads.

Jesus Christ had great zeal for His Father’s house. Jesus braided a whip & then drove out the money-changers out of his father’s house.

There are a large number of people that have turned Religion into a money making business. It’s based on a >’send me your money’ type of religion. The ‘Prosperity Gospel’ is the most egregious example.

Proverbs 21: 6, ‘He who makes a fortune by a lying tongue is chasing a bubble over deadly snares.’

4 posted on 05/20/2012 12:58:10 PM PDT by gghd (A Pro-life Palinista & a member of the NRA)
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To: gghd

Bearing wrongs patiently — we seem to do a lot of that right here on FR.

5 posted on 05/20/2012 5:53:57 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Christ Jesus, before ascending into heaven, You promised to send the Holy Spirit to Your apostles and disciples. Grant that the same Spirit may perfect in our lives the work of Your grace and love.
Grant us the Spirit of Fear of The Lord that we may be filled with a loving reverence toward You.
the Spirit of Piety that we may find peace and fulfillment in the service of God while serving others;
the Spirit of Fortitude that we may bear our cross with You and, with courage, overcome the obstacles that interfere with our salvation;
the Spirit of Knowledge that we may know You and know ourselves and grow in holiness;
the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten our minds with the light of Your truth;
the Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the surest way of doing Your will, seeking first the Kingdom;
Grant us the Spirit of Wisdom that we may aspire to the things that last forever;
Teach us to be Your faithful disciples and animate us in every way with Your Spirit. Amen.

6 posted on 05/20/2012 9:38:06 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: ken5050


7 posted on 05/21/2012 5:47:20 AM PDT by ken5050 (FRACK Obama!!!)
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To: johngrace
I just found this.

And pray ye without ceasing in behalf of other men. For there is in them hope of repentance that they may attain to God. See, then, that they be instructed by your works, if in no other way. Be ye meek in response to their wrath, humble in opposition to their boasting: to their blasphemies return your prayers; in contrast to their error, be ye stedfast in the faith; and for their cruelty, manifest your gentleness. While we take care not to imitate their conduct, let us be found their brethren in all true kindness; and let us seek to be followers of the Lord(who ever more unjustly treated, more destitute, more condemned?), that so no plant of the devil may be found in you, but ye may remain in all holiness and sobriety in Jesus Christ, both with respect to the flesh and spirit.

-- St. Ignatius

8 posted on 05/21/2012 10:05:28 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All; Salvation
That statement from St. Ignatius speaks volumes.

"And pray ye without ceasing in behalf of other men. For there is in them hope of repentance that they may attain to God. See, then, that they be instructed by your works, if in no other way."

What we were are doing by our Prayers especially Divine Mercy Prayers is so powerful as Christ explains to St Faustina. The Divine Mercy is for the Last Days too as Christ also explains.

The Lord showed myself about charity at times. I have literally while working on my truck route of old have someone come up to ask for money. Now I would pray about it in my mind while the person was asking too. I give monthly to missions myself. it was 5 dollars at the time.

After I would give it to the person the scanner would beep. I look down to see the message saw no message then looked up. The person and the car are gone. This was just a rare few seconds. Impossible. Except for a lesson from the angels sent by God. No way she got in the car which was parked 35 feet away and then be able to drive away. I look down then up right away.

I had this happen I think three times in my life. A few years at a time. Once after giving I scratched a pre bought lotto ticket it was 5 dollars which was the amount just given. So God is so Good to show he will take care of our needs not our greeds.

Give and it shall be given to you.

A Christian without works is a not such. Seek in prayer we will find from our Jesus.

Praise Jesus!

9 posted on 05/22/2012 10:25:07 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: All; Salvation
I am watching Father Mitch Pacaw today doing mass he talks about a parish church while he was visiting. The church Tell him not to read the name "Father" ( meaning Eternal Father) in the text while reading one of the gospels. Amazing. Well he told them I did not write the gospels but only read what is in it. They did not allow him to read. A "progressive church? "

He then goes on that the Church closed after 5 months.

Just amazing playing with the word.

Douay-Rheims Bible Revelation 22:

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from these things that are written in this book.

10 posted on 05/22/2012 10:48:18 AM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: All; johngrace
Here is a follow up lesson on this previous reply post:

Douay-Rheims Bible


2 "Who is a liar, but he who denieth that Jesus is the Christ? This is Antichrist, who denieth the FATHER, and the Son."

Do not deny the Holy Trinity! Wow!

I also remember reading about a Priest of a Catholic Church in Africa who said a Mass for an unrepentant dead Witch doctor( purgatorial prayers) who always cursed the Church.

Well while he was saying the mass the church caught fire then burned down.

It's amazing how we are in his grace but you step out for real in a moment. Amazing lessons for our wisdom.


11 posted on 05/22/2012 12:05:19 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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