Our Lord tells us through St. Faustina, "I demand from you deeds of mercy which are to arise out of love for Me" (Diary of St. Faustina, 742).
Do you have a Deed of Mercy to share — acts of love, big or small, things you've seen others do, things you've done? Send it to us!
He Was No 'Bum'
Years ago, I was working as a nurse in a facility in western Massachusetts. One Monday morning, I reported to work to hear, "We have a bum in 125 B." I asked the nurse what she meant. She explained to me that our new patient was a homeless man who had lived on the streets in Worcester, Mass., for the past seven years. He refused to bathe. He slept with his head at the foot of the bed. I knew that as soon as we had counted the narcotics and finished the report, my immediate attention would be to "Joe." I gathered towels, Keri Oil, and soap, and I entered 125 B. I introduced myself and asked the man if I could wash his feet. He agreed. I peeled the socks from his filthy feet. Skin peeled off with the socks. As I soaked his feet, I kept up a running dialog with this man. He came to trust me. He was with us for terminal care. He had cancer of the bowel that had metastasized to his kidneys. As I knelt on the floor bathing his feet, I realized that nothing about him repulsed me! In fact, I felt nothing but love for him. Because I loved Joe, the staff on the unit also came to love him. He stayed with us for seven months. During that time, I was able to tell him about Divine Mercy. He believed what I taught him. Praise Jesus! I was at his side when he died, and he died in the love and mercy of God. We had laughed and cried together! At the moment of his death, he opened his eyes and smiled at me and went into the arms of Jesus! I believed I was doing something good for Joe. He, however, did so much more for me. I love him to this day. I believe I will see him again in Heaven. He made me a better nurse. The gifts he gave me were so much greater than the gifts I gave him! He changed the way I practiced nursing for the rest of my life. How good is our Lord!
— Lois, via email
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