Giving Expression to the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy in Our Time

Nga mihi atawhai - greetings to all in mercy! There was a time when, with the Ten Commandments and the gifts of the Spirit we’d learnt from our catechism, some of us could recite the corporal works of mercy.

To impress, a few might have been able to name the spiritual works as well. These days, even the most zealous religious may struggle to complete the list. So it’s no bad thing that the Sisters of Mercy decided at their Chapter in 2009 to chart their course by asking how to give expression to the works of mercy in our time.

We’ve decided to take their question to heart, and to use our reflections on ‘Imaging Mercy Today’ as a chance to refresh our memories and sharpen our focus, taking each of the works of mercy in turn. We’ve had to refine the list, choosing five corporal and six spiritual works of mercy. In tweaking the titles, we hope still to capture the essence.

Each reflection includes a prayer response. The articles below are taken from:

Giving expression to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy in our time
Dennis Horton, Pou Atawhai Centre for Mission 2010
Reprinted from Imaging Mercy Today.

Click on the links below to read more:

Admonishing the Sinner

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Bearing Wrongs With Patience

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Burying The Dead

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Clothing the Naked

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Comforting The Sorrowful

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Counsel for Doubtful

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Feeding The Hungry and The Thirsty

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Homeless Sheltered, Strangers Welcomed

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Instruction for Ignorant

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Praying for Our Living and Dead

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Visiting The Lonely

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