No good deed goes unrewarded! I know, I know – the real and often quoted phrase is “no good deed goes unpunished!” How cynical is that? I’m glad God doesn’t think like that. Rather, He rewards us for good and merciful deeds. We may not see the rewards instantaneously in this life, but the rewards for our good and merciful deeds will be received, if not on earth, then in Heaven. It is in the performance of good deeds, especially via the extension of mercy that we get where we need to be: virtuous and holy in God’s eyes! That’s where I want to be! So, how do we get there?
- Be forgiving and comforting to others. Give people a second chance. A kind word rather than punishment turns the soul toward goodness, and a conversion of heart.
- Pray! Saint Faustina Kowalska shared with us the prayer of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, an excellent means for praying for mercy, for ourselves and for others. If you would like to learn how to pray this prayer, click here: http://www.praydivinemercy.com/
- Pray some more! Here is the “Fatima” Prayer: “Oh My Jesus! Forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of Hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of thy mercy.” – Simple huh? But, oh so powerful!
- Perform good deeds, or corporal works of mercy, those being: “Feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.”1
Remember, no good deed goes unrewarded, and that mercy will be extended to you to the extent that you give mercy to others. So, I challenge you to get busy embracing the virtue of mercy. Oh what a wonderful world we would live in if everyone would extend a drop of mercy to another. Be Christ-like – be merciful.
This post completes the discussion of the acquired virtues associated with the cardinal virtue of Charity. Next we move on to discuss those acquired virtues associated with the cardinal virtue of Temperance. First up to bat is the virtue of Humility. Oh, how I struggle with humility. That should make for some interesting posts. Don’t miss them!
1 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd. Ed. paragraph 2447, Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1997. Print.
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