Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Tuesday, 28th Wk: "inside you are filled with plunder and evil"
But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.”
-- Lk 11:37-41
The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God: