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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 emotional and spiritual needs—counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offenses, bear wrongs patiently, pray for the living and the dead

Corporal: kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs—feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, bury the dead

  • 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