Lenten Reflections for Your Home & Family

February 16, 2021

“The Christian life involves the practice of the traditional seven corporal and seven spiritual works of mercy. We usually think of the works of mercy individually and in relation to a specific initiative: hospitals for the sick, soup kitchens for the hungry, shelters for the homeless, schools for those to be educated, the confessional and spiritual direction for those needing counsel and forgiveness… But if we look at the works of mercy as a whole, we see that the object of mercy is human life itself and everything it embraces.” — Pope Francis, Message for the celebration of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, 1 September 2016

These reflections are offered in the hope that, as we journey through our Lenten season
still affected by Covid-19 Pandemic restrictions, those who pray through these words and
actions may be more fully linked to our Eucharistic communities. While we are, in many
cases, unable to join with our parish communities in person, the grace and mission of the
Eucharist calls, strengthens and missions us to build up the Body of Christ by prayer,
fasting and alms-giving. The reflections below are but one way to aid us as we have an
imposed “fast” on our gathered worship, that we continue to pray with and for our
brothers and sisters in Christ, and offer service (alms-giving) through the Corporal Works of
Mercy: Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Clothe the Naked, Welcome the
Stranger (Welcome the Homeless), Visit the Sick, Visit the Imprisoned and Bury the Dead.

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