The Works of Mercy

The Works of Mercy

by Pope Francis

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A signature of the pontificate of Pope Francis, the theme of mercy is rooted in the message of Jesus, who tied our salvation to the treatment of the least of our brothers and sisters: "I was hungry and you fed me… Imprisoned and you visited me...." In reflections drawn from his writings and preaching, Pope Francis treats in turn each of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Each topic opens a window on a larger theme. For example, under "Welcoming the stranger," Pope Francis reflects on the plight of refugees and immigrants. His reflections on "Visiting the prisoner" are set in the context of his own pastoral visits to prisons, where he asks the question: "Who is this man standing before you? The man standing before you is a man who has experienced forgiveness."

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ISBN-13: 9781608337019
Publisher: Orbis
Publication date: 08/17/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 407 KB

Table of Contents

Foreword James F. Keenan, SJ vii

Part I The Works of Mercy

Reflecting on the Works of Mercy 3

Part II The Corporal Works of Mercy

Feeding the Hungry 31

Giving Drink to the Thirsty 44

Clothing the Naked 47

Welcoming the Stranger 54

Visiting the Sick 81

Visiting the Prisoner 90

Burying the Dead 107

Part III The Spiritual Works of Mercy

Counseling the Doubtful 113

Instructing the Ignorant 121

Admonishing Sinners 132

Consoling the Afflicted 139

Pardoning Offenses 149

Bearing Wrongs Patiently 164

Praying to God for the Living and the Dead 169

Part IV Conclusion

Blessed Are the Merciful 187

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