Blog Posts for "Works Of Mercy"

Spiritual Works of Mercy--Pray for the Living and the Dead

(Note to Readers: Last week I inadvertently missed this last of the seven Spiritual Works of Mercy before starting the series on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. I got a little ahead of myself on the schedule! I apologize for the error.) It wasn't her fault, but I was mad just the same. It was before 6 AM and I was returning a rental car at the airport. The young woman who was inspecting the car and checking me out noticed a tiny mark on the windshield. It wasn't previously noted when I took the car out, so she had...

Spiritual Works of Mercy—Bear Wrongs Patiently

An old gospel song written by the Rev. James Cleveland (+ 1991) pleads: Lord, help me to hold out!Lord, help me to hold out!Lord, help me to hold out Until my change comes! My way may not be easyYou did not say that it would be.But if it gets dark, I can’t see my wayYou told me to put my trust in Thee,That’s why I’m asking You. Lord, help me to hold out…. It’s one thing to hang on and hold out when things happen to us accidentally, randomly, or as the result of...

Spiritual Works of Mercy—Forgive Injuries

It’s providential and ironic that we reflect upon this particular work of mercy only days from the Tenth Anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 that killed thousands of people in New York City, the Washington, DC area, and rural Pennsylvania. It’s providential in that this is a perfect time to reflect on the call and challenge to forgive. It’s ironic in that history will likely record that 9-11 and our response to it spawned far more hatred, misunderstanding, vengeance and insecurity than forgiveness, understanding, love, and peace. The basic facts are hard to forget: a handful...

Spiritual Works of Mercy—Comfort the Sorrowful

Shortly after I began my ministry as Pastor of St. Martin de Porres Parish in Milwaukee I made the decision to publish my mobile phone number on the front of the bulletin. Because of my travel schedule, I reasoned, it was the quickest and easiest way for parishioners and staff to contact me, especially in cases of emergency. Some would say that was a mistake. My experience, however, suggests otherwise. While there have been times when I received calls at times that weren’t that convenient (e.g. when I was overseas and the caller wasn’t aware of the...

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