The Year of Mercy

12-13-2015Pastor's LetterRev. Richard Fitzgerald

The Year of Mercy began on December 8. As you may know, Pope Francis has declared a Year of Mercy so that we all may focus on the mercy that God showers upon us. In the Beatitudes, Jesus teaches "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." In other words, the mercy that comes from God is related to the mercy that we show to one another, not unlike the words in the Lord's Prayer, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." During this year of Mercy, as we rejoice in the mercy of God, let us focus on the Spiritual and Corporal works of mercy that the Church sets before us. Here is a reminder of those acts of mercy…

The Corporal works of mercy: To feed the hungry; To give drink to the thirsty; To clothe the naked; To shelter the homeless; 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 offenses willingly; To comfort the afflicted; To pray for the living and the dead.

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