WORKS OF LOVE
A person once said that your vocation is
the place where your greatest happiness
intersects with the world’s greatest need.
Here are suggestions for using your gifts of
time and talent wisely and generously.
The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are actions we can perform to extend God's compassion ans mercy to those in need. They are actions taken in obedience to Jesus' second Commandment "Love Your Neighbor as Yourself".
The Corporal Works of Mercy are acts where we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs.The actions listed are taken from the Gospel of Matthew 25:31-46.
Feed the Hungry
- Donate food to our Parish Neighbors. Bins are at the church entrances.
- Join our Parish Martha Ministry (contact Pat at 648-4379) and prepare a meal for a family in need.
- Volunteer as a family to serve a meal or clean at the Buffalo Peace House at Saint Francis Parish in Hamburg.
Give Alms to the Poor
- The Franciscan Center at 1910 Seneca Street in South Buffalo provides housing for young men, ages 16-20 to help integrating body, mind and spirit. Donate t-shirts or gift cards.
- The Response to Love Center at 130 Kosciiuszko Street in Buffalo is a community of believers respecting the dignity of all and supporting the journey of each person. With compassionate presence, they inspire HOPE, HEALING and PEACE to the poor and marginalized of society. They provide a safe and welcoming place where people learn from one another.
Shelter the Homeless
Visit the Sick and Imprisoned
- Watch this A story of a local woman who feels Mercy from behind bars and pray for our brothers and sisters in prison.
- Cut out the names of our sick from our church bulletin and pray for them daily. Send a card to anyone you might know.
- Take time to call or visit or e-mail people you know in nursing homes.
- Give a Prayer Shawl (made by our Prayer Shawl Ministry and kept in the parish office) tor a person who needs prayers.
- Watch Bishop Malone's Message about Visiting the sick.
- Watch this clip of If we Could Seeing inside others Hearts
Clothe the Naked
- St. Luke's Mission of Mercy needs Donate full-Size Personal Care Items: Shampoo. Conditioner, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Mouthwash, Antiperspirant/deodorant, Razors, Shaving Cream, Body Lotion, Toilet Paper. Items may be dropped off at our Parish St. Luke's bin as people from our parish go there weekly.
- Every time you get a new piece of clothing take an item out of your closet and donate it to the St. Vincent de Paul Society by placing it in the bin behind the parish center.
- Give the money you would spend on clothes to a charity.
Give Drink to the Thirsty
- Conserve water.
- Be thoughtful when using natural resources.
- Look in our bulletin to see who has died this week from our parish and pray for those families.
- Remember family and friends who have died in the past year and pray for them, call or send them a note.
- Console the grieving with a Prayer Shawl (obtained form our Parish Office
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of compassion in which we help our neighbors
with their emotional and spiritual needs.
- Suggest God's gift of healing through the Sacrament of Reconciliation to someone. Confession is offered on Saturdays at 4pm weekly and on our Lent Evening of Reconciliation on March 13th at 7:30 pm.
- Share this video if someone would like to go to confession but has forgotten how.
- Stand up for what you believe in.
- Treat all others with respect.
- Explain kindly why you disagree with how others are behaving.
Comfort the afflicted
- Pray, visit, send a card or e-mail friends who are saddened by illness.
- Encourage those who seem discouraged.
- Offer sympathy to those who are grieving.
- Walk with others through their pain.
Instruct the ignorant
- Learn about pur Catholic Faith. (Set up an account at www.formed.org for online learning. Parish access code is: 6F72YR)
- Share what you know with others.
- Teach by your example.
Bear wrongs patiently
- Try not to be critical.
- Overlook other's mistakes.
Pray for the living and the dead
- Daily pray for family members who are alive and those who are home in Heaven.
Forgive the offenses
- Pray for those who have hurt you and pray for the grace to forgive them.
- Let go of grudges.
- Be kind even if your kindness is not returned.
- Watch the news or read the paper, and find someone who has committed a crime and pray for them.
Counsel the doubtful
- Be positive.
- Share with others your confidence in God
- Encourage others to put their hope and trust in God.
Three Ways to Make the Works of Mercy Part of Your Life as a Family
Once a week read Matthew 25:31-46.
Have each member of your family tell how one of the Works of Mercy was present in their life this past week.
Share these questions:
Who have you recently seen in need and found a way to help?
People can be hungry for more than food. What other types of hunger are there?
In our family, how do we forgive? How do we comfort and console?
Who did you see that needed comfort? What did you do?
Bishop Malone offers this message on Welcoming the Stranger and Pope Francis' message about Mercy.