Saturday, June 16, 2007

Your good deed for the day

Have you done your good deed for the day? We know it's not something that should be left to Boy Scouts, but except for helping old ladies across the street and just resisting the temptation to do some bad thing, most of us are stumped when it comes to knowing how to do a good deed. Thankfully the Church, in her wisdom, has provided us with a checklist. They are called the corporal (or "physical") works of mercy and the spiritual works of mercy. They are good deed or acts of kindness that are ways in which we can share God's love with others.

Corporal Works of Mercy
1 To feed the hungry
2 To give drink to the thirsty
3 To clothe the naked
4 To shelter the homeless
5 To visit the sick
6 To visit the imprisoned
7 To bury the dead

Spiritual Works of Mercy
1 To counsel the doubtful
2 To instruct the ignorant
3 To admonish the sinner
4 To comfort the sorrowful
5 To forgive all injuries
6 To bear wrongs patiently
7 To pray for the living and the dead

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