Because the spiritual works of mercy have always been a little tough to pin down, I offer this today:
The Spiritual Works of Mercy – in the Age of Facebook
🔶 To Give Counsel to the Doubtful, in person, without a shield of anonymity, with charity and goodwill as your motivation
🔶 To Instruct the uneducated, including oneself, and to recognize ones lack of knowledge and to refrain from instruction when necessary.
🔶 To Advise Wrongdoers, in person, without a shield of anonymity, with charity and goodwill as your motivation, and to use prudential judgement to know when not to offer advice.
🔶 To Comfort the Afflicted, in person, in prayer, in silence
🔶 To Forgive Offenders, your offenders, when the time is appropriate and to do so with intimacy not anonymity
🔶 To bear patiently the troublesome, employing silence often, and avoiding trite exchanges online.
🔶 To Pray for the living and the dead recognizing that clicking like on a prayer does nothing for your soul or the well being of the deceased. Take time to unplug and simply be.
Most importantly, avoid hate. One cannot always avoid anger, but anger can be constructive, hate however, blocks fraternity, charity, and love.
“Hope has two beautiful daughters named anger & courage; anger at the way things are, courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.” – St. Augustine
Author: Mark Piper, Director of Lay Association, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, West Midwest Community