How to Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday

I Demand From You Deeds of Mercy, Part 1

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Our Lord Speaks:

“I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it. I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first, by deed. The second, by word. The third, by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays a reverence to My mercy.” (Diary of Saint Faustina, #742)

Our Lord Speaks:

“Write this for the many souls who are often worried to carry out an act of mercy. Yet spiritual mercy, which requires neither permission or storehouses, is much more meritorious and is within the grasp of every soul. If a soul does not exercise mercy somehow or other, it will not obtain My mercy on the day of judgment. Oh, if only souls knew how to gather eternal treasure for themselves, they would not be judged, for they would forestall My judgment with their mercy.” (#1317)

The church teaches to be merciful in various ways:

The Spiritual Works of Mercy

1. Admonish sinners.
2. Instruct the uninformed.
3. Counsel the doubtful.
4. Comfort the sorrowful.
5. Bear wrongs patiently.
6. Forgive offenses.
7. Pray for the living and the dead.

Corporal Works of Mercy

1. Feed the hungry.
2. Give drink to the thirsty.
3. Clothe the naked.
4. Shelter the homeless.
5. Comfort the imprisoned.
6. Visit the sick.
7. Bury the dead.

Missing the Mark

Do we sometimes look for the great deeds of mercy and look over the little deeds that we can do with great love?

Do we overlook our children who need our help, to spend hours upon hours helping others while our children are falling apart? Do we help in all the parish functions while our wife is at home wanting some time with her husband? Yes, there are works of mercy around your house like changing a diaper, rocking your child to sleep, teaching them how to ride their bike, praying a family rosary, helping with homework, cooking dinner, and for each deed you do you say to yourself, “I do this for love of you, Jesus.”

Do works of mercy as a family

Corporal Works of Mercy

1. Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty. Take the children to the soup kitchen to work. Take children grocery shopping for the poor.

2. Clothe the naked. Our Savior tells us that if a person has two coats, he should give one away. Excess clothing can be donated to clothing drives, local refugee groups.

3. Shelter the homeless. The unemployed living in cars or abandoned tunnels are in desperate need of help, both material and spiritual. Aging relatives may be just as homeless when they leave their homes for rest homes. Take the family and visit the elderly in the rest homes.

4. Comfort the imprisoned. Visiting prisoners is a beautiful thing, but, some are prisoners in their own home. The handicapped, the sick, the elderly, the new mother. For them, comfort can be a quick visit to say, “I love you.”

5. Visit the sick. This is very hard with such a busy schedule to visit the sick, but for the person being visited, that time you give is very precious to them.

6. Bury the dead. Personal expressions of sympathy include a hug, or handshake, or a donation of food. Offer a Mass for the loved one. Pray for their soul. Remember we are supposed to support the living in their sorrow.

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