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At liturgy in our parish Church this morning we were reminded that Pope Francis has encouraged us to celebrate the Mercy of God in a special way this year by putting into practice in our own lives the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

As we all know from our schooldays the corporal works of mercy are: To feed the hungry; give drink to the thirsty; clothe the naked; house the homeless; visit the sick; ransom the captive; and bury the dead.

And the spiritual works of mercy are: To instruct the ignorant; counsel the doubtful; admonish sinners; bear wrongs patiently; forgive offences willingly; comfort the afflicted; and to pray for the living and the dead.

This gives us plenty of scope for exercising mercy in our own lives! Holman Hunt's famous painting of Christ calling on us to open the door of our heart asks us to respond in a positive way to those who are in need.


I've always been very fond of that Holman Hunt painting. We had it on our Methodist Church banner when I was young and I've seen a couple of the original paintings (he did more than one).
that is really neat. Not Catholic, so I had not heard of them.