Spiritual Works of Mercy
The Spiritual Works of Mercy
The Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to "help our neighbor in their spiritual needs" (USCCA). They have long been a part of the Christian tradition, appearing in the works of theologians and spiritual writers throughout history.
COUNSELING THE DOUBTFUL
Everyone has moments of doubt in their faith journey. Nevertheless, we should always remember that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and turn to him along our way. You can help a friend who is struggling by helping them see that God is at work in all things.
INSTRUCTING THE IGNORANT
Learn about our faith and be open with it to others. Remember that there is always something more to discover about our faith. Go on a service trip or mission trip. Donate to or support someone on their service trip.
ADMONISHING THE SINNER
Do not judge but be supportive in helping others who need help finding their way. When you correct someone, don't be arrogant. We are all in need of God's loving correction.
COMFORTING THE SORROWFUL
Comfort those who are dealing with grief. Even if we aren't sure of the right words to say, our presence can make a big difference. Make a home cooked meal for a friend who is facing a difficult time or send them a card.
Forgiving others is difficult at times, but Jesus teaches us that we should forgive as God forgives. Saying sorry is something we learn as kids, but how often do we really mean it? Forgiving means reconciling with someone and this is often more difficult than just accepting someone’s apology.
BEARING WRONGS PATIENTLY
Do not be bitter about wrongs done against you. Frustrated with someone? Step away from the situation, take a few deep breaths, pray the Our Father, asking God for patience. Refrain from posting negative thoughts against someone who has wronged you on social media. Take time away from outlets that encourage gossip
PRAYING FOR THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
Prayer is one of the most powerful ways we can support others. Challenge yourself to pray every day.