Here is the breakdown o the other seven works of mercy
Based on an article from the National Catholic Register, here are some ways you can exercise the seven spiritual works of mercy.
SPOILER: A majority involves prayer and spiritual reading.
The seven spiritual works of mercy are:
- To instruct the ignorant.
- To counsel the doubtful.
- To admonish the sinners.
- To bear patiently those who wrong us.
- To forgive offenses.
- To comfort the afflicted.
- To pray for the living and the dead
Here’s a break down on how to live out each one of them.
To instruct the ignorant
- Engage in pro-life apologetics
- We are called to be the light of Christ to those who do not know the issue well
- Present it in a way where you are not in their face or confrontational
- Read books on pro-life apologetics such as Trent Horn’s Persuasive Pro-Life or Stephanie’s Gray Love Unleashes Life
- Invite someone on the fence to attend a lecture given by a pro-life speaker
- Offer to give a pro-life talk to a respect life group or during a general assembly
To counsel the doubtful
- Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise” (Prov 19:20)
- Offer information to a pregnant mom who is struggling to find the right options
- Pass on pro-life literature to someone who is on the fence with the issue
- Accompany a pregnant mom to a pregnancy crisis center during her appointment
To admonish the sinner
Do not judge, but be supportive in helping others find their way and correct their mistakes. Together we can learn to walk more closely with Christ
- Be compassionate by loving when people are wrong
- Those who hope to denigrate the Church and its followers are looking for a fight. Give it to them, but do it clearly and with compassion. It’s called “tough love” for a reason — it might sound tough but it’s loving at its core.
- Write a letter to the editor in response to a pro-choice leaning article
- Write a letter to an elected official who supports abortion and challenge their stance
- Intervene fast and hard in situations where people are doing spiritual and moral harm to themselves or others.
To bear wrongs patiently
- Ask God to give you patience when people rattle you for your pro-life convictions
- Offer a Holy Hour or communion for those who repeatedly attack your faith
To forgive offenses
- Let go of grudges
- Saying sorry is something we learn as kids, but how often do we really mean it? Forgiveness transforms hearts and lives
- Participate in the Sacrament of Penance
- Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
To comfort the afflicted
- Be a listening ear to those who are suffering in grief
- Make a meal or invite those suffering from personal or mental anguish to a social gathering
- Send a letter or card to those grieving the loss of a loved one
- Include those contemplating suicide or abortion, hurting, or suffering in your rosary or morning prayer
Pray for the living and dead
Prayer is an essential part of our spiritual lives
- Request a Mass intention for a friend or family member who is going through a tough time
- Request a mass intention for a pro-life advocate no longer with us.
- Keep your own book of prayer intentions, writing down the names of those who you are keeping in your prayers
- Offer a Mass or Holy Hour for the buildup of the culture of life
- Ask people to pray for you and your needs
Incorporate these seven and the seven Corporal Works of Mercy into your daily lives.