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By Fr. Joseph, MIC (Oct. 29, 2015)

Jesus said, "I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me" (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 742).

Do you know someone who is making a difference — big or small — in the lives of others? Have you witnessed inspiring works of mercy? Let us know! And help to inspire others!

Pope Francis is calling upon the faithful to "reawaken our conscience" through engaging in works of mercy this upcoming extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, which begins Dec. 8.

That said, the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, are holding a Works of Mercy Contest.

The First Place winner and a guest will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge. Their visit will include:

• Accommodations for a three-night stay at the National Shrine;
• lunch with Fr. Joseph, MIC; and
• a personal tour of the Shrine by the Shrine rector.


Three runners-up will receive a copy of the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, our "Jubilee Year Pack," and The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC.

Submit your nominees

• Email: DeedsOfMercy@marian.org

• Or write to:
Works of Mercy
Editorial Department
Marian Helpers Center, Eden Hill
Stockbridge, MA 01263.

Winners will be chosen during the Jubilee Year.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Suzette - Oct 29, 2015

Hi,
I would like to tell you about my cousin Robin. She is a baptized Catholic who grew up Methodist and is now going thru RCIA and becoming Catholic and she is so happy about this. I have been talking her thru many parts of our faith. She lives in Ohio and I am here is St. Louis. I had a heart attack in 2010 and have been going thru many health problems. I have been praying and offering it up. I have suffered much and with out my family and church I would probably be homeless. We talked about acts of Mercy. I have encouraged her to go slow but she is off and running and loving the new church family she is making and we pray for those who are not so inviting. I have been taking St. Paul the 6th Institute classes and I took a class on St. Theresa the Little Flower and encouraged her to read her life and she is loving St. Theresa. She said, I got a shower of roses. She went to the grocery store and they gave her all the day old flowers and she took them to the church and hospital and to friends and had a great time doing this. She often tells me of the little acts of mercy she is doing. She spent five ours helping prepare dinner the other night. So I went to the grocery store and I come home and I find a box. It is from my cousin, I find a new little Douay- Rheims bible and a pair of pants and a nice sweater and a couple cards I can give away and a few pieces of chocolate. I am most excited about the bible it is a nice hand size that I can carry to bible study on Tuesday mornings. What great little acts of mercy. I told her though that prayer is the greatest act of mercy we can do and she has been praying the rosary. She said, you Catholics sure pray a lot. I had to laugh and say yes we do.

EDITOR - Oct 30, 2015

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Thanks, and God bless!

damomb22 - Oct 30, 2015

Didn't Jesus tell us to do this in private because the Father sees, and isn't that all that matters?

Robby - Oct 31, 2015

I love this! We need to inspire each other. Let's not keep our light under a bushel!

Suzette - Nov 2, 2015

Dear Editor,
Does that mean I did not enter the contest correctly? Should I write up a paper and mail it to you? I read the directions but I am still confused, does that mean write it up and then send it to you as a e-mail rather then in the comments section.

Suzette - Nov 2, 2015

Hi,
I just love being a Catholic. I try to evangelize every chance I get. I heard on the news here that the relic's of St. Sharbel were going to be at St. Raymond's parish. They are Marionite Chatholic's. I did not know what that was and looked it up and they are in union with the pope in Rome. So I thought if they are good enough for the pope they are good enough for me. I went. When I arrived the priest was saying the Mass in Arabic. I think like some American's I am a little afraid of people. But it was awesome and they were so sweet. I was glad that I showed love and kindness to a part of the church I never knew of and was able to receive the blessings they had for me too. My world just got bigger.

Martina - Nov 2, 2015

I think this is totally against the Holy Spirit! You guys are always thinking about somehow profiting,, and yes, having a guest to tour and have lunch with you is profit for you in marketing. Doing the Works of Mercy should never be a 'contest'! How do you judge the 'winner'? What happens to the 'losers'? hahaha My Dad is better than your Dad because my Dad does this and this and that. While my friend's Dad has cancer and has to go to chemo. My friend's Mother takes care of his Dad and us, which may not seem like much to you.. (I'll bet you delete this comment)

you are the light of the world! - Nov 2, 2015

~MISSION from the Pope:

-"Pope Francis is calling upon the faithful to "reawaken our conscience" through engaging in works of mercy this upcoming extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy" (from this Divine Mercy article)

-"Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy:
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
Amen."
(Excerpted from Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy; URL plus more resources: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/year-of-mercy/upload/year-of-mercy-handout.pdf)

-"In this Jubilee Year, may the Church echo the word of God that resounds strong and clear as a message and a sign of pardon, strength, aid, and love. May she never tire of extending mercy, and be ever patient in offering compassion and comfort. May the Church become the voice of every man and woman, and repeat confidently without end: “Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old” (Ps 25:6)." (ending of Misericordiae Vultus: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/bulls/documents/papa-francesco_bolla_20150411_misericordiae-vultus.html)

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~SCRIPTURAL INSPIRATION:

Matthew 5:7
"Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy."

Matthew 5:14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.
16 Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."

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~OBJECTIVE:

I.CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY:
1.To feed the hungry.
2.To give drink to the thirsty.
3.To clothe the naked.
4.To Shelter the Homeless
5.To visit the sick.
6.To visit the imprisoned
7.To bury the dead.

II.SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY:
1.To instruct the ignorant.
2.To counsel the doubtful.
3.To admonish sinners.
4.To bear wrongs patiently.
5.To forgive offences willingly.
6.To comfort the afflicted.
7.To pray for the living and the dead

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~CALLING ALL DIVINE MERCY DEVOTEES:

"...bring to Me the Souls who especially venerate and glorify My Mercy, ...and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God:

Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen."

Read more: http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/novena.htm#7
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~HANDBOOK:

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"You Did It to Me: A Practical Guide to Mercy in Action" can transform the culture of your family, parish, and community. This inspiring book from Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, introduces a new, practical, and joyful approach to living the works of mercy. From homemakers to those in the work place, "You Did It to Me" reveals rich opportunities to put mercy into action in our everyday lives and provides the practical helps to do so.
"I could not recommend this book more highly."
Bishop Robert J. Hermann,
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of St. Louis.

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Matthew 25 "The Judgment of the Nations"
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne,
32 and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous* will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
40 And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ "
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St. Faustina's motivating words: - Nov 2, 2015

"In St. Faustina's diary, Christ spoke to her about the importance of mercy - not just celebrating the feast, but living God's Mercy in our lives...


"My daughter, if I demand through you that people revere My mercy, you should be the first to distinguish yourself by this confidence in My mercy. I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it.

I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first - by deed, the second - by word, the third - by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy. Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy, and I demand the worship of My mercy through the solemn celebration of the Feast and through the veneration of the image which is painted. By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works." (Diary, 742)

Later, St. Faustina describes her understanding of Christ's words to her...

"The Lord gave me knowledge of His will under three aspects, so to speak, but it all comes down to one.

The first is that souls separated from the world will burn as an offering before God's throne and beg for mercy for the whole world... and by their entreaties they will obtain blessings for priests, and through their prayers prepare the world for the final coming of Jesus.

The second is prayer joined to the act of mercy. In particular, they will defend the souls of children against the spirit of evil. Prayer and merciful deeds are all that will be required of these souls, and even the poorest persons can be admitted to their number. And in this egoistic world they will try to rouse up love, the mercy of Jesus.

The third is prayer and deeds of mercy, without any obligation of taking vows. But by doing this, these persons will have a share in all the merits and privileges of the whole [congregation]. Everyone in the world can belong to this group.

A member of this group ought to perform at least one act of mercy a day; at least one, but there can be many more, for such deeds can easily be carried out by anyone, even the very poorest. For there are three ways of performing an act of mercy: the merciful word, by forgiving and by comforting; secondly, if you can offer no word, then pray - that too is mercy; and thirdly, deeds of mercy. And when the Last Day comes, we shall be judged from this, and on this basis we shall receive the eternal verdict." (Diary 1155-1158)

But it wasn't just in honor of the Feast that Christ spoke about His desire for acts of mercy...

"October 1, 1937. Daughter, I need sacrifice lovingly accomplished, because that alone has meaning for Me. Enormous indeed are the debts of the world which are due to Me; pure souls can pay them by their sacrifice, exercising mercy in spirit.

I understand Your words, Lord, and the magnitude of the mercy that ought to shine in my soul. Jesus: I know, My daughter, that you understand it and that you do everything within your power. But write this for the many souls who are often worried because they do not have the material means with which to carry out an act of mercy. Yet spiritual mercy, which requires neither permissions nor storehouses, is much more meritorious and is within the grasp of every soul. If a soul does not exercise mercy somehow or other, it will not obtain My mercy on the day of judgment. Oh, if only souls knew how to gather eternal treasure for themselves, they would not be judged, for they would forestall My judgment with their mercy." (Diary, 1316-7)"

(http://www.saint-faustina.com/drp/?q=works)

LORIE C W - Nov 6, 2015

A year ago, I know of a woman who came and join us in our Rosary for Life. But she doesn't know how to say the Rosary, but I always have to be with her. Well, she quit for almost a year, she just come but won't join in our Rosary prayer. she just sits down on the chair and listen to our
rosary prayer.
Then for the last four months now, she gladly joined the Rosary prayer group and having her booklet, How to say the Rosary. I was very happy that she joined our Rosary prayer. As the Moderator of the Rosary for Life ministry, I waited for her presence then starts our Rosary. "It should be of no concern to you how anyone esle acts: you are to be My living reflection, through love and mercy. (Diary 1446)Now she's inspired reciting the mystery of the Rosary as we always take turn in praying the parts of the Rosary. We pray the four mysteries of the Rosary, and it take us to finish one hour and forty five minutes."Proclaim that mercy is the greatest attribute to God. All the works of My hands are crowned with mercy". (Diary 301)

St. Linda Under Construction - Nov 9, 2015

How long should the entry be? It would help to know about how many words or paragraphs you'd like.

Editor - Nov 10, 2015

In answer to your question about word count: Good question!

500 words or less would do. But whatever it takes to explain who your nominee is and the work he or she does. Please follow the instructions above as to how to submit nominations.

God bless.

Ann Hamilton - Nov 11, 2015

she is Our head sacristan at Our lady of light and I believe qualifies for everyday she serves in our Church

Erma Nystorm - Nov 11, 2015

I trulley believe she qualiflies because she feeds the homeless and her mission is called Gus Missions and participate in Our lady of light in many more ways