“Then he shall say to them also that shall be on his left hand: Depart from me, you cursed, in everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry, and you gave me not to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me not to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me not in; naked, and you covered me not; sick and in prison, and you did not visit me…”
The Catholic Encyclopedia defines mercy in the context of these corporal, and also the spiritual, works of mercy: “Mercy as it is here contemplated is said to be a virtue influencing one’s will to have compassion for, and, if possible, to alleviate another’s misfortune.”
Here’s an opportunity to practice the virtue of the first corporal work of mercy.
St Ignatius Antioch
The young adults of the Oliver Plunkett Club invite you to join them on Monday, January 30th for a Traditional Latin Mass followed by meal prep for the Hungry in collaboration with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.
Where: Saint Ignatius of Antioch Parish, Cleveland
When: 5:30pm Traditional Latin Mass & 7:00pm food prep in the school cafeteria
The first corporal work of mercy is to “Feed the hungry.” Saint Ignatius of Antioch Parish church provides food assistance regularly through our Saint Vincent de Paul conference to our neighbors in need. Providing a dignified meal to those facing food insecurity in our neighborhood is one way to participate in the corporal works of mercy. We will be preparing a variety of casserole dishes to be dispersed by our volunteers to those in need in our community.
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Do you know the Works of Mercy?
The Corporal Works of Mercy
- To feed the hungry;
- To give drink to the thirsty;
- To clothe the naked;
- To harbour the harbourless;
- To visit the sick;
- To ransom the captive;
- To bury the dead.
The Spiritual Works of Mercy
- To instruct the ignorant;
- To counsel the doubtful;
- To admonish sinners;
- To bear wrongs patiently;
- To forgive offences willingly;
- To comfort the afflicted;
- To pray for the living and the dead.