YEAR OF MERCY

Dec 8, 2015-

Nov 20, 2016

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Be a Saint of Mercy: Visit the Sick and Imprisoned...like Saints Perpetua and Felicity

Guest Blogger:

Joe Tallman

SPX Middle School Religion Teacher

The story of young Perpetua and her companion, Felicity, stands out amongst the many legendary stories of martyrdom in the early Church.  Their story is worth our time and reflection this month, as we ponder our Christian call to visit the sick and imprisoned in our world.

Perpetua was a newly-married, catechumen, noblewoman in Carthage (Northern Africa), who lived during the tumultuous Christian persecutions of the 200's. Her mother, a Christian, encouraged her daughter to privately nurture her faith, while her father, a pagan, pleaded with his daughter to publicly denounce her faith.  Both parents quickly learned of the great depth of their young daughter's love for Jesus Christ, especially as the persecution of Emperor Septimius Severus took place!

As Perpetua's personal diary describes...Perpetua (having recently become a new mother with her first child), her pregnant servant, Felicity, and three other Christian companions, were rounded-up and threatened with imprisonment and death if they didn't denounce their christian beliefs.  To which Perpetua replied, "Do you see this vessel, this water pot?  Can it be called by any other name than what it is?  So also I cannot call myself by any other name than what I am, a Christian!"

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Work of Mercy
Visit the Sick
Visit the Imprisoned
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Corporal Works of Mercy

 

1. Feed the Hungry

2. Give Drink to the Thirsty

3. Clothe the Naked

4. Welcome the Stranger

5. Visit the Sick

6. Visit the Imprisoned

8. Bury the Dead

 

Spiritual Works of Mercy

 

1. Counsel the Doubtful

2. Instruct the Ignorant

3. Admonish the Sinner

4. Pray for the Living

and the Dead

5. Comfor the Sorrowful

6. Forgive Offenses

7. Bear Wrongs patiently

 

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Year of Mercy Prayer

 

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy; let the Church be your visible face in the world.

 

Send your Spirit and make holy every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord. And your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind. Amen.

 

- Adapted from Pope Francis

 

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