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LENT IS COMING

 

 Pope Francis asks that "the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God's mercy."  Lent begins February 10

In a particular way during this Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to the spiritual works of mercy that "remind us that faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbors in body and spirit." 

The Corporal Works of Mercy are these kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs. They are:
feed the hungry
give drink to the thirsty
clothe the naked
shelter the homeless
visit the sick
visit the imprisoned
bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of compassion, as listed below, by which we help our neighbors with their emotional and spiritual needs.
counsel the doubtful
instruct the ignorant
admonish sinners
comfort the afflicted
forgive offenses
bear wrongs patiently
pray for the living and the dead

As we prepare for lent take some time to refect on how you might do these works of Mercy.