Corporal Works of Mercy

The Corporal Works of Mercy

 

The Corporal Works of Mercy respond to the basic needs of humanity. They are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat others. They "are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs"(USCCA).  

FEED THE HUNGRY
There are many people in this world who go without food.  When so much of our food goes to waste, consider how good stewardship practices of your own food habits can benefit others who do not have those same resources.  You can donate to a Thanksgiving or Christmas food drive so everyone can have something to eat.

GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY
Many people do not have access to clean water and suffer from the lack of this basic necessity.  We should support the efforts of those working towards greater accessibility of this essential resource.  You can donate to organizations that help build wells for water for those in need, or simply make an effort not to waste water.

SHELTER THE HOMELESS
There are many circumstances that could lead to someone becoming homeless. Christ encourages us to go out and meet those without homes, affirming their worth and helping them seek a resolution to the challenges they face. Volunteer at our local PADS site or donate blankets to a homeless shelter.

VISIT THE SICK
Those who are sick are often forgotten or avoided.  In spite of their illness, these individuals still have much to offer to those who take the time to visit and comfort them. You can spend time volunteering at a nursing home, or visit with a sick or elderly family member.

VISIT THE PRISONERS
People in prison are still people, made in the image and likeness of God.  No matter what someone has done, they deserve the opportunity to hear the Word of God.  Here at St. Thomas we have a Kairos Prison Ministry.  

BURY THE DEAD
Funerals give us the opportunity to grieve and support others during difficult times.  Through our prayers and actions, we show our respect for life, which is a gift from God. You can pray for someone who has recently lost a loved one or send them a card..

GIVE ALMS TO THE POOR
Donate Donate money to organizations that provide support and services for those in need. You can support organizations that put people in need first.