Friday, November 6, 2015
There are many ways I could use this blog during Advent. I guess I will just let the Holy Spirit inspire each day.
The pastor at St. Augustine's church where I often attend the weekday noon Mass that is well-attended, has been preparing for our extraordinary year of Mercy that begins December 8, by reminding us of the importance of the works of mercy. These are actions motivated by Christian love by which we help others obtain what they need spiritually and materially. The corporal works of mercy consist in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked visiting the sick, and burying the dead. The spiritual works are admonishing the sinner, instructing the ignorant, counseling the doubtful, comforting the sorrowful, bearing wrongs patiently, forgiving all injuries, and praying for the living and the dead.
These works of mercy are not optional but are essential to living the Christian life of holiness and goodness. (See Catechism of the Catholic Church 2447).
The works of Mercy certainly give us much to reflect upon as we begin this holy season of Advent.