Yesterday while waiting in line at the bank, I overheard one woman ask another about her faith life, starting with “If you died today, do you know where you would go?”
That question made me uncomfortable for a few different reasons – and it wasn’t even directed at me.
But clearly this woman was much better at a few Spiritual Works of Mercy than I am. She started conversations with no less than 3 different people while I was waiting, and in each of them she was trying to bring the message of Christ our Savior to her listeners.
With that in mind, I went home and looked up the Spiritual Works of Mercy (because I certainly can’t name them all from memory).
Being the introverted Midwesterner that I am, I can say with certainty that the first 3 give me anxiety because they involve putting myself in front of someone who may not want to hear what I have to say, and saying it anyway.
The long and short of it is – take a look at the list below. What opportunities do you have in the next 72 hours to perform 4 of these 7?
To instruct the ignorant.
To counsel the doubtful.
To admonish the sinners.
To bear patiently those who wrong us.
To forgive offenses.
To comfort the afflicted.
To pray for the living and the dead.
The point of these Works is to alleviate others’ spiritual suffering, not to metion how they please God as you become a means of spreading grace.
Love to all,