Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

The following names are being remembered in our Novena of Masses for the Souls of the faithful departed:

Be Merciful as Your Father is Merciful

We are not only to receive the mercy of God, but to use it by being merciful to others through our actions, our words, and our prayers; in other words, we are to practice the Corporal and Spiritual Works (Acts) of Mercy.

The Lord wants us to do these works of mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no use without works.

What are the Works of Mercy?

Corporal Works

  •  Feed the hungry
  •  Give drink to the thirsty
  •  Clothe the naked
  •  Shelter the homeless
  •  Visit the prisoners
  •  Comfort the sick
  •  Bury the dead

Spiritual Works

  •  Teach the ignorant
  •  Pray for the living & dead
  •  Correct sinners
  •  Counsel those in doubt
  •  Console the sorrowful
  •  Bear wrongs patiently
  •  Forgive wrongs willingly