"The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God.
He who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food must do likewise (Lk 3:11). But give for alms those things which are within; and behold, everything is clean for you (Lk 11:41). If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and filled,' without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? (Jas 2:15-16; cf. 1 Jn 3:17)"- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2447
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous ' – Matthew 25:35-40
1) Instruct the ignorant – "Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, 'Do you understand what you are reading?' He replied, 'How can I, unless someone instructs me?'" – Acts 8:30-31
"It is an illusion to think that faith, tied to weak reasoning, might be more penetrating; on the contrary, faith then runs the grave risk of withering into myth or superstition." The most urgent task today is "to lead people to discover both their capacity to know the truth and their yearning for ultimate and definitive meaning of life." - St. John Paul II, Fides et Ratio, 48 and 102 Lived out in the Archdiocese of Toronto
2) Counsel the doubtful – "If we look at the present time, we can perhaps say what is most urgent to council, provoking questions, in particular questions concerning the meaning of life and the future, "the fundamental questions which pervade human life: Who am I? Where have I come from and where am I going? Why is there evil? What is there after this life?" - St. John Paul II, Fides et Ratio, 1. Lived out in the Archdiocese of Toronto
3) Admonish sinners - "If your brother sins [against you], go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that 'every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector." – Matthew 18:15-17. Also known as "fraternal correction," admonishing sinners should never be done as a judgement, but as a service of truth and love, addressing the sinner not as an enemy, but a brother. Lived out in the Archdiocese of Toronto
4) Bear wrongs patiently – "He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, / and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city." (Pv 16:32).To patiently endure in a free and loving way a relationship with someone who is annoying, unfriendly, boring, sluggish, uncouth, is in line with the love of enemy. It is also an art when this attitude encourages reflection on oneself to discover within us that which is also annoying and unbearable. Lived out in the Archdiocese of Toronto
5) Forgive offences willingly – Love of enemies is Jesus' most demanding requirement and often considered the hallmark of Christian life and conduct. During the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis reminds us of the importance of the sacrament of penance and reconciliation: "So many people, including young people, are returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives. Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the centre once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God's mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace." - Misericordiae Vultus, 17 Lived out in the Archdiocese of Toronto
6) Comfort the afflicted – God comforts us with the kindness of a shepherd, the affection of a father, the ardor of a bridegroom and a husband and the tenderness of a mother. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God. For as Christ's sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow." (2 Cor 1:3-5) Lived out in the Archdiocese of Toronto
7) Pray for the living and the dead – "Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God's thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him… Christian prayer is a covenant relationship between God and man in Christ." - Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2560 and 2564.
Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, Our Sunday Visitor, Huntington, 2015.