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The Works of Mercy

The Corporal Works of Mercy

  • To feed the hungry
  • To give drink to the thirsty
  • To clothe the naked
  • To shelter the homeless
  • To care for the sick
  • To visit the imprisoned
  • To bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy

  • To admonish the sinner
  • To instruct the ignorant
  • To counsel the doubtful
  • To bear wrongs patiently
  • To forgive offences willingly
  • To comfort the afflicted
  • To pray for the living and the dead


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Catholic Social Justice Themese

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops identifies 7 themes that lie at the heart of Catholic Social tradition.  The Themes of Catholic Social Teaching are:

1. Life and Dignity of the Human Person -- "The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society . . . "

2. Call to Family, Community, and Participation -- "The person is not only sacred but also social.  How we organize our society in economics and politics, in law and policy directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community . . . ."

3. Rights and Responsibilities -- "The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities met. . . ."

4. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable -- "A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring . . . ."

5. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers -- "The economy must serve people, not the other way around.  Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God's creation . . . . "

6. Solidarity -- "We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences.  We are our brothers' and sisters' keepers, whatever they may be. . . . "

7. Care for God's Creation -- "We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation.  Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan . . . "

from Unites States Catholic Conference of Bishops

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