Corporal Works Of Mercy

Care for the suffering
September 6, 1937. Today, I begin a new assignment. I go from the garden to the desert of the gate. [210] I went in to talk to the Lord for a while. I asked Him for a blessing and for graces to faithfully carry out the duties entrusted to me. I heard these words: My daughter, I am always with you. I have given you the opportunity to practice deeds of mercy which you will perform according to obedience. You will give Me much pleasure if, each evening, you will speak to Me especially about this task. (Diary, 1267)

The seven practices of charity toward our neighbor.

1. Feed the hungry

2. Give drink to the thirsty

3. Clothe the naked

4. Shelter the homeless

5. Visit the sick
Visit the Sick
6. Visit those in prison

7. Bury the dead

Mt 25:34 “Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ’Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ’Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?’ And the king will answer them, ’Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brethren, you did it to me.’”

The corporal works of Mercy are oriented toward the body.

Spiritual Works Of Mercy

Spiritual Work of Mercy
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in spiritual necessities (CCC #2447), those being focused on getting a soul to Heaven.

The seven Spiritual Works of Mercy are:

Admonish the sinner

Instruct the ignorant

Counsel the doubtful

Comfort the sorrowful

Bear wrongs patiently

Forgive all injuries

Pray for the living and the dead

The spiritual works of mercy are oriented toward the soul


“You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve from it. I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first – by deed, the second – by word, the third – by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy” (Diary, 742).

“The prayer most pleasing to Me is prayer for the conversion of sinners. Know, My daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered.” (#1397)

Spiritual Works Of Mercy

Corporal Works Of Mercy


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Small Groups are the life of the Church.

  • Small groups help make healthy parishes
  • Small groups are part of everyday life
  • Small groups are found in Holy Scriptures
  • Small groups are found in Church’s Teachings
  • Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio
    We are called to create small communities of faith which will become a means of evangelization of the gospel and a source of new ministries.

    Important Principles

  • Remain attached to the local/universal church;
  • Maintain a sincere communion with the church’s pastors;
  • Profess and teach the Catholic faith in obedience to the church’s magisterium;
  • Conform to the church’s apostolic goals of evangelizing and sanctifying humanity;
  • Avoid the spirit of elitism, of making others feel inferior.
  • Manifest the fruits of holiness, revealing in their behaviour the unity of faith and love of neighbour
  • Manifest solidarity with and service to society.
  • General Guidelines

  • Your group is a small family or church which originates and is connected to the greater family of
    your local parish.
  • Your group or family receives the support and graces of your local church.
  • Your group or family is a Eucharistic family that allows members to grow closer to Christ in the
    comfort and trust of each other’s presence and support.
  • Format:

  • It’s a social and spiritual gathering consisting of Bible study, food, and a large degree of interaction.
  • Bible studies follow a sharing and discussion format rather than classroom style lectures.
  • Each individual would find a place to share their blessings and struggles becoming personally acquainted with and involved in each other’s lives
  • The group meets weekly or bi-weekly and does not meet in summer time.
  • During the active periods, small groups would come together once a month to interact,share their experiences and a meal and receive teaching on a relevant theological topic.
  • Group study methodology would follow striving to live and deepen on the message of Divine Mercy by Word, Deeds, and Prayer
  • A New Congregation

    A new Congregation that would live and deepen on the Message of Mercy which is Jesus Christ was, as a matter of fact, mentioned in St. Faustina’s diary of conversations with Jesus.

    Saint Faustina prayed to recognize God’s plan of beginning a new congregation. For this intention she offered to God many prayers and suffering. In June 1935, in Vilnius Saint Faustina wrote:

    God demands that there be a Congregation which will proclaim the mercy of God
    to the world and, by its prayers, obtain it for the world” (Diary, 436).

    “I desire that there be such a Congregation” (Diary, 437).

    “I saw the convent of the new Congregation. It was a large and spacious building. I went from room to room, observing everything. I saw that God’s Providence had provided for all that was necessary (…). During Mass, I received a clear and profound understanding concerning this whole work, and not a shadow of a doubt remained in my soul. The Lord gave me knowledge of His will under three aspects, so to speak, but it all comes down to one.
    The first is that souls separated from the world will burn as an offering before God’s throne and beg for mercy for the whole world… and through their efforts they will obtain blessings for priests, and through their prayers prepare the world for the final coming of Jesus.
    The second is prayer together with the act of mercy. In particular, they will defend the souls of children against the spirit of evil. Prayer and merciful deeds are all that will be required of these souls (…). And in this egoistic world they will try to rouse up love – the mercy of Jesus.
    The third is prayer and deeds of mercy, without any obligation of taking vows. But by doing this, these persons will have a share in all the merits and privileges of the whole [congregation]. Everyone in the world can belong to this group. A member of this group ought to perform at least one act of mercy a day; at least one, but there can be many more, for such deeds can easily be carried out by anyone, even the very poorest. For there are three ways of performing an act of mercy: firstly, the merciful word, by forgiving and by comforting; secondly, if you can offer no word, then pray – that too is mercy; and thirdly, deeds of mercy. And when the Last Day comes, we shall be judged from this, and on this basis we shall receive the eternal verdict” (Diary, 1154-1158).

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    Hour of Mercy

    Glorious Mysteries

    One can also draw needed graces by meditating on Scripture while praying the rosary. Please take your time. If you are running out of time, do just one – meditate on God’s Glory.

    This particular meditation can be found in

    Luminous Mysteries

    One can also draw needed graces by meditating on Scripture while praying the rosary. Please take your time. If you are running out of time, do just one and do it from your heart.

    This particular meditation can be found in