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corporal and spiritual works of mercy
Question from Trish Wood on 9/17/2001:

Could you please list all of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Also, is this a Catholic teaching or do other protestant churches teach about the works or mercy?

Answer by Fr.Stephen F. Torraco on 9/17/2001:

The corporal works of mercy, based on Matthew 25:31-36, are: 1. feed the hungry 2. give drink to the thirsty 3. clothe the naked 4. shelter the homeless 5. visit the imprisoned 6. care for the sick 7. bury the dead.

The spiritual works of mercy, commanded or encouraged in many places Scripture, are: 1. admonish the sinner 2. instruct the ignorant 3. advise the perplexed 4. comfort the unhappy 5. bear wrongs patiently 6. forgive all injuries 7. pray for the living and dead.

The spiritual and corporal works of mercy hold a venerable place in Catholic moral tradition.

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