Dear Fellow Parishioners,
What is the difference between Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy?
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are asked to do spiritual and corporal works of mercy. What's the difference between the two?
Corporal works of mercy are those that relieve the material needs of our neighbor - to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit those in prison, and bury the dead.
Spiritual works of mercy, in contrast to the corporal works of mercy that minister to people's bodily needs, are to convert the sinner, instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, comfort the sorrowful, bear wrongs patiently, forgive injuries, and pray for the living and the dead.
In the remaining time before the end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy (Nov 20), pray to be open to performing corporal and spiritual works of mercy in your day-to-day life.
(Copyright J.S. Paluch Co.)
Yours in Christ,
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