Looking for something uplifting to do this Lent that increases your own spiritual awareness? Look no further than the Spiritual Works of Mercy.
Spiritual Works of Mercy
- Counseling the Doubtful: Encourage someone who is struggling with their faith to speak with your parish priest, where they can receive the answers needed to grow in faith.
- Instructing the Ignorant: Volunteer and participate in faith formation groups in your parish. Becoming a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) sponsor is a great place to start. At this time of crisis, look for ways to communicate virtually (by phone, Skype, or Google Hangout, to name just a few ways).
- Admonishing the Sinner: Without judging, help others find their way to correct their mistakes. Start by learning what the Church teaches on the topic in question. You can learn more at vatican.va.
- Comforting the Sorrowful: Give of your time, and a listening ear, to those who grieve the loss of a job, home, or loved one. Especially during this time of crisis, pray with them for God’s peace, consolation and comfort.
- Forgiving Injuries: Refrain from holding grudges. Forgive those who offend you. And if you have a hard time forgiving someone, then ask God to help you. Consider reciting the Divine Mercy Chaplet for those who have offended you.
- Bearing Wrongs Patiently: If you are like me then this one might be a bit difficult. When patience is lacking, we need to pray for patience, so that we can endure injustices, delays, etc.
- Praying for the Living and the Dead: When someone asks you to pray for either themselves or one their loved ones, note that person’s name in a prayer journal. Refer to the list that you compile when praying.
If we were to select any one of these options to perform during the Lenten season, then we will have a fruitful Lent, doing God’s will for others. And, all of these suggestions can be accomplished using “social distancing.”
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