Acts of Mercy

    Traditionally, the Corporal Works of Mercy are associated with the Catholic church. One of the most popular historic figure associated with these Acts is Mother Teresa, who became renowned because her actions were so unexpected and counter-cultural. As she said "Not all of us can do great things. But we can all do small things with great love."
     
    Each of these acts is a specific & practical way to serve the needs of another human being.
     
    We've adapted the original language and provided examples to use as a guide for the 2016MERCY Challenge. The list below is not exhaustive or by any means complete. Our adaptations are meant to capture the heart of the original meaning in a contemporary setting. By doing so, we hope to encourage as many people as possible to participate in the challenge. This is a list that can be used by any person, from any background who is ready to put #MercyinMotion in 2016!
     

    SEVEN ACTS OF MERCY

    1. Feed The Hungry: Educate yourself about global hunger issues. Donate to a local foodbank. Serve a meal at a homeless shelter. All of us have felt hunger, but few of us live with it as a constant part of our day to day lives. With 14% of US households living with food insecurity in 2014, you may not need to look far.
    2. Give Drink To The Thirsty. We have a global water crisis. Give bottled water to the homeless guy on the corner, conserve water in your home to encourage better sustainability, or support a local clean water initiative.
    3. Clothe The Naked. Provide clothing & shelter to those who need it. Donate gently used clothing to a local shelter, ensure you are purchasing clothing from sustainable sources, or hand out socks on Skid Row.
    4. Welcome The Stranger. Human beings are meant to be surrounded by community. Loneliness can be devastating. Reach out to the new kid at school, your neighbor that just moved in, the family across the street that doesn’t speak any English. Get outside your comfort zone and befriend someone who is different than you!
    5. Heal The Sick. Face it. A sick person can make us uncomfortable. But put yourself in their shoes. While we can’t always heal the physical ailment, we can visit the hospital, retirement community, or bring some soup to your next door neighbor who’s been home sick for two days. A little TLC can go a long way.
    6. Visit The Prisoner. Prison is a tough place. But friendship and respect can be powerful tools for change. So embrace the possibility that a person isn’t always defined by their past. There are many organizations that work to support the imprisoned. Look one up and find some ways you can get involved.
    7. Honor (Bury) The Dead: We live in a culture that likes to live in the now. But the reality of life is that it ends for all of us. And that can be very hard for friends & loved ones to deal with. Befriend someone who has recently lost a loved one, visit a grave site to honor someone who has passed, or serve at a local hospice.