Jubilee Year of Mercy
Jesus’ message of mercy shines all through the Gospels, challenging each of us to see the divine justice present in mercy. This is our call! During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we invite you to reflect on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and to incorporate acts of mercy into your daily life.
“In the Corporal Works of Mercy we touch the flesh of Christ in our brothers and sister who need to be fed, clothed, sheltered, visited; In the Spiritual Works of Mercy – counsel, instruction, forgiveness, admonishment and prayer – we touch more directly our own sinfulness.” (Pope Francis’s 2016 Lenten Message).
The Corporal Works Of Mercy
The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the Gospel and give us a model for how we should treat all others. They "are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs" (USCCA). They respond to the basic needs of humanity as we journey together through this life. The seven Corporal Works of Mercy are listed below. After each work of mercy there are also suggestions for living them out in our daily lives.
The Spiritual Works Of Mercy
The Spiritual Works of Mercy have long been a part of the Christian tradition, appearing in the works of theologians and spiritual writers throughout history. Just as Jesus attended to the spiritual well-being of those he ministered to, these Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to "help our neighbor in their spiritual needs" (USCCA). The seven Spiritual Works of Mercy are listed below. After each work of mercy there are also suggestions for living them out in our daily lives.