Confirmation - Lesson 20
Works of Mercy
As Christians we bring the love and mercy of God to others by performing the Works of Mercy. They are divided into two categories: the Corporal Works of Mercy, which concern the material needs of others, and the Spiritual Works of Mercy, which concern the spiritual needs of others.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Matthew 25: 31-46
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Who are we really helping when we help others?
This video helps explain this parable of the Sheep and the Goats.
The Works of Mercy
The works of mercy are charitable practices found in the teachings of Jesus. They give us a model for how to treat others, as if they were Jesus in disguise. Offering works of mercy with sincerity provides us a path toward heaven.
Here are some examples of things you can do to practice the works of mercy.
The works of mercy are divided into two categories - the corporal works of mercy and the spiritual works of mercy.
The corporal works of mercy are the charitable acts we do to help with a person's physical or bodily needs.
The spiritual works of mercy help others with their spiritual or emotional needs.
The Church lists 7 Corporal Works of Mercy and 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy.
This crossword will help you remember and understand the works of mercy better.
The following video shows some good and not-so-good ways of practicing the corporal works of mercy in a humorous way.
Our parish bulletin often has requests for food or items to help serve the poor or refugee families. These are excellent ways to practice the works of mercy as well.
“Be merciful, just as your heavenly Father is merciful.”
Discussion / Reflection
Who do you know who is great at serving other people?
How would the world be different if everyone practiced just one work of mercy each day?
What are some works of mercy you have done in the past?
Which of the works of mercy do you think you could do in the future?
Discuss these questions with your parents or sponsor OR write your thoughts in a Confirmation journal.
Lord, open my eyes to the needs of those who are struggling to survive. Help me find ways to correct the injustices that lead to so many having so little. Help me offer shelter, both physical and emotional, to those who are left alone to weather the storms of life. Make me aware of those who suffer and struggle against pains and imprisonment, no matter what their form. Help me offer comfort and care. Dignity and respect are deserved by all. Help me find ways to offer these to those who need them.
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Which of the works of mercy will you do this week? What will you do?
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