This Catholic200SG initiative is done in partnership with Caritas Singapore
“Visualise how Jesus is calling you to renew your family, workplaces, schools, parish, the poor, the lost, and the abandoned. Reflect on your different involvements in your personal and parish life. Write down concrete steps on how you can be the first to renew your environment. Commit to one or two personal actions you can take as part of this year of faith.”
The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise. They “are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs”. They respond to the basic needs of humanity as we journey together through this life.
The seven Corporal Works of Mercy are:
- To feed the hungry.
- To give water to the thirsty.
- To clothe the naked.
- To shelter the homeless.
- To visit the sick.
- To visit the imprisoned, or ransom the captive.
- To bury the dead.
In our present day Singapore, we continue to recognise the needs of our fellow brothers and sisters – the lonely, the sick and house-bound, the persons struggling with mental health challenges, the disabled, the low-income families etc.
How can we recognise the face of Christ in them, to reach out and care with dignity and show them the compassion and mercy of our Loving God? How can we ignite our faith as we draw inspiration and courage from the examples of our early missionaries where charity and compassion is a way of living and not a separate time put into our busy schedules?
During this year of faith, let us live out our faith in our society by pledging to do an act of mercy.
Take personal action to support, care for and journey with someone in need in your family, workplace, parish, community, society.
Gather your family, friends, Neighbourhood Church Groups etc to reach out to someone in need in your workplace, parish and community. Be creative in your efforts.
Prayer before a Work of Mercy
Glory to you, O Lord our God,
Your love calls us to be your people.
By sharing our many and diverse gifts
we share in your mission.
We ask you, Lord,
to shape us into a community of faith.
Nourish us by your word and sacraments
that we may grow into the image of Jesus.
Through the power of your Holy Spirit,
heal us that we, in turn,
may heal the wounded.
Form us to be instruments of love,
justice, and peace in our land,
and send us to proclaim your saving work.
RENEW us, Lord,
that we may renew the face of the earth.