The Works of Mercy

The Works of Mercy are an abiding norm for the Catholic Worker Movement. Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin lived lives of “active love” built on these precepts.

 

The Works of Mercy are an abiding norm for the Catholic Worker Movement. Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin lived lives of “active love” built on these precepts.

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The Corporal Works of Mercy

  1. feeding the hungry
  2. giving drink to the thirsty
  3. clothing the naked
  4. offering hospitality to the homeless
  5. caring for the sick
  6. visiting the imprisoned
  7. burying the dead 

The Spiritual Works of Mercy

  1. admonishing the sinner
  2. instructing the ignorant
  3. counseling the doubtful
  4. comforting the sorrowful
  5. bearing wrongs patiently
  6. forgiving all injuries
  7. praying for the living and the dead

Some Sources In Scripture

Matthew 25:31-46
Matthew 5
Isaiah 58:6-7
Hebrews 13:3
1 John 3:17
Tobit 1:16-17
Tobit 4:5-11
Matthew 6:2-4
Luke 3:11
Luke 11:41
James 2:15-16

Pope Francis’s Catechesis on the Works of Mercy

I am convinced that, through these simple, daily actions, we can achieve a true cultural revolution, like there was in the past. If every one of us, every day, does one of these, this will be a revolution in the world!

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In 2016, Pope Francis gave a series of talks at his Wednesday General Audience on the Corporeal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Following are links to those talks:

The Corporeal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty

Works of Welcoming the Stranger and Clothing the Naked

To Visit the Sick and Imprisoned

Bearing Wrongs Patiently

To Council and to Instruct

Pray to God for the Living and the Dead

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