Mercy must be freely given just as it is given to us by Jesus Christ... but, how do we know if we are being merciful or not?
Works of Mercy are defined ways of sharing Christ's mercy with others. Practicing these works share mercy and build virtue. Try practicing one of these works for one month! Your life will change... for the better.
The Corporal Works of Mercy are kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs:
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of compassion by which we help our neighbors with their emotional and spiritual needs:
Pope Francis proclaimed the Year of Mercy: December 8, 2015 - November 20, 2016.
We will share resources about mercy with you throughout this special year.
DOWNLOAD Pope Francis' Mercy document here: /documents/2016/6/Papal_Bull_Jubilee_of_Mercy_2015.pdf
The Holy Name of Jesus MERCY PROJECT 2016
Phase 1: May 15th - June 30th - Mercy Abounds: Ask for, Receive, and Give God's Mercy
Phase 2: Aug 7th - 30th - Nourished and Sent: The Sacraments as Strength for the Journey
Phase 3: Sept 11th - Nov 20th -Christ in the Streets: Living the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy
Share your experiences throughout the Mercy Project!
We will examine our understanding of mercy and clean up any areas where we are falling short of showing mercy to those closest to us, including ourselves. What is mercy? Have I forgiven myself for something I have done? Do I need to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation to receive the mercy of God and be free to give mercy to others?
ON LEAVES: Write examples of your merciful efforts towards yourself and towards others.
Examples: "I forgave myself for having an abortion"
"I forgave my father for abandoning me when I was a child"
"I reconciled with my friend who stole my toy"
"I received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time in 20 years"
Place your leaves in the collection basket during Mass
to offer them to the Lord... we will add them to the Mercy Trees.