Works of Mercy

The Works of Mercy are actions and practices which Christianity, in general, expects all believers to perform. The practice is commonly attributed to the Roman Catholic Church as an act of both penance and charity.

The Works of Mercy have been traditionally divided into two categories, each with seven elements: the Corporal Works of Mercy, which concern the material needs of others, and the Spiritual Works of Mercy, which concern the spiritual needs of others.

Seven Corporal Works of Mercy

  1. Feed the hungry.                    
  2. Give drink to the thirsty.       
  3. Clothe the naked.                   
  4. Shelter the homeless.             
  5. Visit the sick.                         
  6. Visit the imprisoned.             
  7. Bury the dead.                       

  Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy      

  1. Counsel the doubtful.
  2. Instruct the ignorant.
  3. Admonish sinners.
  4. Comfort the afflicted.
  5. Forgive offenses.
  6. Bear wrongs patiently.
  7. Pray for the living and the dead.                                             

“Look into my heart and see there the love and mercy which I have for humankind, and especially for sinners.  Look, and enter into My passion.”

                                    ~ Jesus to St. Faustina (Diary 1663)