s the Church prepares to celebrate the extraordi-
nary Jubilee Year of Mercy,
which begins on Dec.
8, we here at
magazine are turning
our attention to Pope Francis’ call urging Catholics to com-
mit ourselves to the corporal a
ndspiritual works of mercy.
“It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too
often grown dull in the face of poverty,”Pope Francis said. “
Jesus introduces us to these works of mercy in his
preaching so that we can know whether or not we are
living as his disciples.”
is looking to highlight out-
standing examples of works of mercy, which we will
feature in upcoming issues.
Do you know someone who has been merciful to you?
Have you witnessed inspiring works of mercy? Father
Joseph, MIC, and his staff encourage you to share your
stories with us as we challenge each other to live Divine
Mercy as the Lord himself demands. As you do, see the fac-
ing page for details about our “Works of Mercy” Contest.
Here are a few examples of people who live the faith:
haron, Susan, and Suzanne wanted to do something nice
for people in need.Baking birthday cakes for the ill and elderly c
ame to mind. But their work of mercy is not all about
cakes. It’s about loving God and neighbor. So, behind each cake
is a prayer — aChaplet of Divine Mercy —
said for each cake
recipient. Each month a local hospice gives the Pennsylvania
women the names of patients who will celebrate a birthday.
The “cake ladies” take the list, pray the chaplet for each
patient, and then bake each a cake.
“We have people who are close to death, and we have this
unique opportunity to pray for them at that special time
maybe no one else knows how to pray, or maybe no one else is
there for them,” Sharon tells us.
Though cakes may merely be the icing on top of this work
of mercy, they can be a great comfort.
“The last birthday of a person’s life should not only not be for-
gotten,” says Sharon, “but it should also be an expression of the
same love that was shared on his or her very first birthday.”
am, Jason, and Sam, three Connecticut high school stu-
dents, recently ran a fundraiser to purchase bicycles for
homeless and formerly homeless people who need transpor-
tation to jobs and appointments. They were able to purchase
nearly 140 bikes.
Their idea came about after they learned that a lack of
transportation was one of the biggest impediments that home-
less and formerly homeless people in their community face.
ark, a Kansas police officer, was dispatched to a
local Wal-Mart earlier this year after a woman was
caught shoplifting. Instead of arresting the woman, he
engaged in a conversation with her. Turns out she is the
mother of six, and they were living out of their car. She had
been caught trying to steal baby wipes, shoes, and diapers.
Moved by the woman’s story, Mark went and purchased the
stolen merchandise for the family.
Mark spent $300 of his own money.
Each and every day, our Heavenly Father calls us
into a deeper relationship with himself. Just like Sharon,
Susan, Suzanne, Sam, Jason, Sam, and Mark, we are
given opportunities to be merciful through ourdeeds, words, and prayers.
During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, may St. Faustina’s
words in her
truly be our own daily prayer: “Help
me, O Lord, that my heart may be merciful so that I
myself may feel all the sufferings of my neighbor. I will
refuse my heart to no one” (163).
Share the story of someone you
know who lives Divine Mercy
Jesus said, “I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise
out of love for Me.”— Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska , 7