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Works of Mercy

Activity Objective:
The young people will reflect on how they can practice the Works of Mercy.
Lesson Outcome:
The young people should be able to identify practical ways to act on God's invitation in everyday living.
  • 2 large sheets of chart paper
  • Old magazines, newspapers
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Review with the young people the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy:

Spiritual: acts of compassion by which we help our neighbors with their emotion and spiritual needs- instruct, console, forgive, advise, comfort, bear wrongs patiently

Corporal: kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs- feed the hungry, clothe the naked, bury the dead, shelter the homeless, visit the sick and imprisoend, give alms to the poor

  • Hang the two sheets of chart paper on the wall. Label one Spiritual Works of Mercy and the other Corporal Works of Mercy.
  • Allow the young people time to go through magazines and newspapers and cut out words and photos that represent the Works of Mercy.
  • Have the young people glue their cutouts onto the appropriate sheet of chart paper.
  • Lead the young people in a discussion of what they have made together and list concrete ways that people their age can perform the Works of Mercy.
Learning Styles:
Art/Space Smart
Approximate Time:
20-25 minutes