Corporal Works of Mercy
"Whatever you do for the least of my brothers and sisters, you do for me."
The Old Testament (Isaiah 58:6-10) and the New Testament (Matthew 25:34-40) are the biblical origins for the Corporal Works of Mercy. These charitable actions for the common good and basic human welfare reflect the Church's teachings on Catholic social justice. Pope John Paul II reminds us in his encyclical, Rich in Mercy: "Jesus Christ taught that man not only receives and experiences the mercy of God, but that he is also called to practice mercy toward others.'"
The Holy Spirit inspires our commitment to the Corporal Works of Mercy and our commitment defines our relationship with God. As His hands on Earth, the faithful are not only called to care for the less fortunate, but also to respect and care for the goods of God's creation, intended for the whole human race.
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