Feed the Hungry
We are called to help others obtain their bodily nourishment, especially those in greatest need. Donating to a food pantry or food collections, helping others in need to buy groceries, volunteering at a food bank or soup kitchen, or helping a neighbor in need to cook are all examples of this work of mercy.
Give Drink to the Thirsty
When considering this work of mercy there are two perspectives that we can look at. The first is that many do not have access to clean water, and it is our calling to support efforts of those working towards providing others with clean water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and bathing. The second perspective is many people in our world have a thirst in their heart. At times people are in search of something to fulfill them. We are called to give them the drink of faith in Jesus Christ by introducing them to him and sharing our lives, our faith, and our joy.
Clothe the Naked
All of us have the need for clothing to provide warmth, protection, and dignity. We are called to provide support to help others in need obtain clothing. We can donate clothes and other goods and products to the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. We can volunteer to assist in these stores. We can organize a clothing drive at our parish or school.
Visit the Imprisoned
In our modern society there are many forms of prisons. Prisons that are physical. Prisons that are emotional. Prisons that hinder our freedom and are put upon us by others. No matter what the circumstance of one's prison, we are called to help prisoners, assist them, visit them, extend the love and mercy of the Lord to them, and work for their protection.
Shelter the Homeless
There are many circumstances that could lead to a person becoming homeless. We are called by Christ to meet these people, understand their circumstances, affirm their worth, and assist them in finding a solution to their circumstances. We can volunteer at a homeless shelter, donate time or money to organizations that build homes for those in need, donate blankets and other resources to homeless shelters, or work with refugees and advocate for those fleeing their homelands due to a lack of peace and security.
Visit the Sick
The sick are often forgotten, lonely, and avoided. Christ calls us to assist and visit those that suffer from illness to offer them comfort, dignity, and love. In addition to visiting the sick we can give blood, volunteer at a nursing home, offer caregivers a break, and bring food to the sick, the lonely, and the forgotten.
Bury the Dead
When someone passes from this life, we have a great opportunity to show those grieving the love, the compassion, and the mercy of God. Visiting the family, attending the funeral Mass, sending a card, being present in a time of grieving, and praying for those who have passed are all ways in which we participate in this work of mercy.