The Year of Mercy is ending, but we can still consider some of the Works of Mercy which are to be ours, both in knowledge and in practice.
Two of the Spiritual Works of Mercy are closely related, so I will consider these together. They are, to bear wrongs patiently, and to forgive offenses willingly.
Who among us has not been ‘wronged’ sometime in your life? Of course, we all feel that sometime in our life we were wronged. The next question is more challenging! Have your…Continue
I'm an odd-ball. I'm an odd-ball in the fact that, while the majority of Catholic priests would rather do a funeral than a wedding, I am a Catholic priest who loves weddings. I love weddings, not only because they are a joyous occasion, but because it is an opportunity. You are meeting two people at one of the happiest moments of their lives, and in that happiness they want that happiness to last, and that is the Churches opportunity to help them in that endeavor.
But opposed to our…Continue
The people of the Bible knew all about captivity. The low point of the Old Testament is the Babylonian Captivity, when the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and sent the survivors to captivity in Babylon (modern Iraq). The Jews were exiled there for over a generation before they were allowed to return home. When Jesus said to "free the captive," this bad memory would immediately come to mind for the people of his time. Sadly, the corporal work of mercy to "free the captive" today can…Continue
On Feeding the Hungry, by Assistant State Chaplain for the Sioux City Diocese Father Randy Schon
Jesus told many parables about a final judgment in which there would be a separation of good and evil. It is in Matthew 25 that Jesus specifies his main criteria for this separation. When the king welcomes the good people to his kingdom, he begins by saying, "For I was hungry, and you gave me food" (Matthew 25: 35). Jesus then lists several other works of mercy that were performed by…