Poor and in need

“In the corporal works of mercy we touch the flesh of Christ in our brothers and sisters who need to be fed, clothed, sheltered, visited; in the spiritual works of mercy — counsel, instruction, forgiveness, admonishment, and prayer — we touch more directly our own sinfulness. The corporal and spiritual works of mercy must never be separated. By touching the flesh of the crucified Jesus in the suffering, sinners can receive the gift of realizing that they too are poor and in need.” — Pope Francis

Reflection: When have you seen both physical and spiritual concerns being addressed in a particular situation?  Which of the corporal or spiritual works of mercy do you do most frequently? How are you impacted by being God’s instrument of mercy in these ways?

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