In this Year of Mercy one way that we might prepare for Easter this Lent is to look at the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. The following is a list of each:
The corporal works of mercy are as follows:
• To feed the hungry;
• To give drink to the thirsty;
• To clothe the naked;
• To harbor the harborless; (shelter the homeless)
• To visit the sick;
• To ransom the captive; (visit the imprisoned)
• To bury the dead.
The spiritual works of mercy are:
• To instruct the ignorant;
• To counsel the doubtful;
• To admonish sinners;
• To bear wrongs patiently;
• To forgive offenses willingly;
• To comfort the afflicted;
• To pray for the living and the dead.
Looking at these I realize there are many different ways you could approach them for a Lenten practice. You might consider working on just one of the sets, corporal or spiritual, or both. Maybe you are going to choose one of the works you will do regularly throughout Lent, or maybe a different one each week. Actually this gives us the opportunity to be a little creative with a Lenten practice in hopefully a good way, in that we are thinking more about what we are choosing to do and why. Maybe even if it isn’t something we chose to do it will be something we have thought a little more about, and we might be more open to see when the opportunities for this work present themselves.
I hope you have a good start to your Lent. And I’ll see you Wednesday.