REFLECTION ON THE DEEDS OF MERCY – CORPORAL & SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY

The deeds of mercy are those actions you take in order to help your fellow man either spiritually (spiritual works of mercy) or physically (corporal works of mercy). Deeds of mercy involves using your God-giving talent to draw souls fallen souls to God by showing them acts of kindness, pity, generosity, etc. 
corporal and spiritual works of mercy

In this article, I will explain the corporal and spiritual works of mercy and also reflect on these deeds of mercy.


There are two main categories of the deeds of mercy. They include:
1.    The Corporal Works of Mercy
2.    The Spiritual Works of Mercy


See Also: DREAMS, MEANINGS ND CONSEQUENCES

WHAT ARE THE CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY?

They are the deeds of mercy that involve using the physical gifts God has given you to help others especially those in need of material things. Some of these physical gift may be your material wealth, act of kindness, etc. There are seven corporal works of mercy.

NOTE:

Please don’t just read these deeds of mercy, meditate on them.

The Corporal Works of Mercy are:

1.    Feeding the Hungry:

Reflection: Have you ever given some food to those your poor neighbours or do prefer to discard excess food items instead of giving it to the less privilege? Don’t see yourself as a poor man. Even if you are poor, you are better than some paupers. Help them with the little you have.

2.    Giving Drink to the Thirsty:

Reflection: Have you ever saved a soul dying of lack of water
3.    Clothing the Naked:
Reflection: You change your wardrobe from time to time. Do you know that some poor people have only one cloth? Why not give them some?

4.    Sheltering the Homeless:

Reflection: Have you ever welcome a stranded stranger in your house before? I tell you, some people have welcome God’s Angels by their acts of hospitality. Abraham once entertained Angels unknowingly through his acts of benevolence. Why not try it today?

5.    Comforting Prisoners:

Reflection: If only you know how lonely and discouraged those in prisoners are, you would not spend a full day without visiting them. How many times have you visited those in prison?

6.    Visiting the Sick:

Reflection: Do you know that just your visit to a sick person reliefs him or her of some pains? Always visit your sick friends and neighbours. Pray for them and buy some drugs for them.

7.    Burying the Dead:

Reflection: Do you know that attending the burial of a diseased is the last respect you give him or her? Always try as much as possible to attend burial of some of your dead friends and relatives.

WHAT ARE THE CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY?

This category of are the deeds of mercy that involve using the spiritual gifts God has given you to help others especially those lagging behind spiritually. Some of these spiritual gifts include: convincing tongue, prayerfulness, etc. There are seven spiritual works of mercy.

The Spiritual Works of Mercy include:

1.    Admonishing Sinners: 

God is happy when one sinner is converted. Try to convert one today!

2.    Instructing the Uninformed:

Remember to do this with love.

3.    Counseling the Doubtful:

Try the best you can to do this, though not always easy.

4.    Comforting the Sorrowful:

Help them forget their sorrow. Give them words of encouragement.

5.    Bearing wrongs Patiently:

Don’t ever bear grudges against your neighbours.

6.    Forgiving Wrongs Willingly:

Always forgive your offenders and forget everything! This brings indulgence to some of your sins.

7.    Praying for the Living and the Dead:

Praying for the living will help them lead holy lives. A prayer to the dead can relieve his sufferings especially for souls in purgatory.

One more thing!

Always ask the Almighty God to help you carry out these deeds of mercy.

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