How to Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday
I Demand From You Deeds of Mercy, Part 2
A parable of Mercy (Luke 10: 29-37)
To a lawyer who asked Him, “and who is my neighbor?” Jesus responded with the parable of the Good Samaritan. Ending the parable Our Lord said, “Go and do likewise.” Yes, we should be good Samaritans when we see our neighbor in need; we must be merciful to those in misery.
Spiritual Works of Mercy
1. Admonish sinners. To correct someone can be as hard. It means standing up for moral principles at work, at school, in politics, or in the home. It is not telling someone how much you know about the Bible, but for sticking up for the truth. By doing this we are protecting children.
2. Instruct the uninformed. Not everyone can be a school teacher, priest, or religious leader, but we can remind our family of basic morality. We are all called to be a priestly people and to evangelize to the four corners of the earth.
3. Counsel the doubtful. Advice is cheap, but counseling someone is more loving. Doubts about one’s faith, about abortion, marriage, or questions arising from death or divorce, do not need a “brush-off.” Doubts need direction from a Christian approach.
4. Comfort the sorrowful. Death, divorce, grave illness, unemployment, family problems, mental distress, and surgery. How many of these sorrows afflict people around you and go unnoticed without a simple hug, or a kind word, or without a simple prayer for them? Sometimes just spending time with them and making them laugh is a great sign of love.
5. Bear wrongs patiently. Complaints of elderly, freeway traffic, drudgery of a job, those who never say a kind word—all require patience. Strive for patience. Offer a simple smile and say a prayer for them.
6. Forgive offenses. Sharp criticism, physical injuries, someone talking about your child, death by a drunken driver, needs much forgiveness. Dwelling on a wrong only increases its size and breeding hatred will only lead to hatred of oneself. Forgiveness heals everything.
7. Pray for the living and the dead. It is impossible to reach everyone, even those in our own family, but we can reach out to them in prayer. All people, dead or alive, benefit from a remembrance in prayer. There is no greater gift than to offer a Mass up for a soul in purgatory or a friend still living.
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.” (Diary 1317).
Pray much as a family. Pray the rosary as a family for the conversion of the world. Go to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Visit Jesus for He is the great doctor. Study scripture as a family. Study your Catechism.
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