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Corporal Works of Mercy Make Lent Meaningful

Corporal Works of MercyNote: The suggestions in this post, on the Corporal Works of Mercy, may need to be modified, given the conditions that we now live under because of the coronavirus. Stay safe, one and all.


If giving up chocolate, or wine/beer, was not your thing for Lent, and you want to do something meaningful, then try one of the Corporal Works of Mercy.

Corporal Works of Mercy

  • Feed the Hungry/Give Drink to the Thirsty: Consider donating your time to work at a homeless shelter, feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty. Or, donate money to your local food bank.
  • Clothe the Naked: Consider giving away unwanted clothing to Goodwill or some other charity.
  • Shelter the Homeless: Volunteer your services at Catholic Charities to assist the homeless in getting back on their feet. Or, donate money, food, and/or clothing to your nearest homeless shelter.
  • Visit the Sick: Know someone who is ill? Take a home-cooked meal to them and spend a few minutes with them. Perhaps they could use a helping hand, like doing a load of laundry, or pushing the vacuum.
  • Visit the Imprisoned: Each Diocese most likely has a jail ministry. Investigate the possibility of lending a helping hand to visit with prisoners and bring them the Word of God.
  • Bury the dead: If someone you know has a relative die during the Lenten season, make every effort to attend the funeral service to show your love and support for those who grieve the loss.

Each one of these Corporal Works of Mercy demonstrates love of neighbor, and that is what Jesus calls us to do. So, if you are looking for something meaningful to do this Lent, now you have some options. Choose one that fits your schedule and interests. Your actions will make your Lenten experience fruitful.

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