Works of Mercy

The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy

1. To admonish the sinner: “… there will be more joy in Heaven at the repentance of one sinner than at ninety-nine of the righteous who had no need of repentance.” Lk. 15:7

2. To instruct the ignorant: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all creation.” Mk. 16:1

3. To counsel the doubtful: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you…Let not your hearts be troubled…” Jn. 14:27

4. To comfort the sorrowful: “Come to me, all you have grown weary and burdened, and I will refresh you.” Mt. 11:28

5. To bear wrongs patiently: “…Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you.” Lk. 6:27-28

6. To forgive all injuries: “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” Mt. 6:12

7. To pray for the living and the dead: “Father, I desire that they, too, maybe with me where I am…” Jn. 17:24

The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy

1. To feed the hungry: “For I was hungry and you gave me to eat.” Mt. 25:35

2. To give drink to the thirsty: “…I was thirsty and you gave me to drink…” Mt. 25:35

3. To clothe the naked: “I was…naked and you clothed me…” Mt. 25:36

4. To visit the imprisoned: “I was in prison and you came to me.” Mt. 25:36

5. To shelter the homeless: “…I was a stranger and you took me in…” Mt. 25:35

6. To visit the sick: “…I was sick and you cared for me…” Mt. 25:36

7. To bury the dead: “Amen, I say to you, insofar as you did it for one of these least of my brothers, you did it for me.” Mt. 25:40