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Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy
The Corporal Works of Mercy are these kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs. Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor Proverbs James To share food is grounded in the belief that God has blessed us with an abundant world where there is more than enough to go around. The miracle of the loaves and fish shows us that when we place what we have in the hands of Jesus, everyone not only has their fill, but there is an abundance left over. How can we live with trust in an abundant harvest, share what we have while also receiving what we need? I will pour out water upon the thirsty ground, streams upon the dry land; I will pour out my spirit upon your offspring, my blessing upon your descendants.
CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY
Mercy as it is here contemplated is said to be a virtue influencing one's will to have compassion for, and, if possible, to alleviate another's misfortune. It is the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas that although mercy is as it were the spontaneous product of charity, yet it is to be reckoned a special virtue adequately distinguishable from this latter. In fact the Scholastics in cataloguing it consider it to be referable to the quality of justice mainly because, like justice, it controls relations between distinct persons. It is as they say ad alterum. Its motive is the misery which one discerns in another, particularly in so far as this condition is deemed to be, in some sense at least, involuntary. Obviously the necessity which is to be succoured can be either of body or soul.
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Works of mercy
The "great river of mercy", as Pope Francis' calls it in Misericordia Vultus, his introduction to the Jubilee Year of Mercy, "never run dry" because there are always those who are willing to peform acts of mercy in their everyday lives. In the Corporal Works of Mercy, one of the official catechetical texts for the Year of Mercy, the concept of mercy as revealed in both the Old Testament and the New Testament is explored. The development of theology behind works of mercy, as expressed by the early Church fathers, is also examined as a base for in-depth reflections on the corporal works of mercy, their role in the life of the Church and in the lives of individual believers. We encourage you to use this text as a way of living out Pope Francis' call to "become strong in the faith in Jesus Christ.
Works of mercy sometimes known as acts of mercy are practices considered meritorious in Christian ethics. The practice is popular in the Catholic Church as an act of both penance and charity. In addition, the Methodist church teaches that the works of mercy are a means of grace which lead to holiness  and aid in sanctification. The works of mercy have been traditionally divided into two categories, each with seven elements: . Pope John Paul II issued a papal encyclical " Dives in misericordia " on 30 November declaring that "Jesus Christ taught that man not only receives and experiences the mercy of God, but that he is also called 'to practice mercy' towards others. Based on Jesus' doctrine of the sheep and the goats , the corporal and spiritual works of mercy are a means of grace as good deeds; it is also a work of justice pleasing to God. The precept is an affirmative one, that is, it is of the sort which is always binding but not always operative, for lack of matter or occasion or fitting circumstances.
The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were. Christ in disguise; they “.