The Compromise

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Lenten Series: The Works of Mercy Part IX--Closing Thoughts

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One of the pillars of Lent is almsgiving (and by extension, almsdeeds). On the surface, almsgiving and almsdeeds mean only to give away money or goods to those in need. However, almsdeeds go beyond this: they are the works of mercy. I will be posting about the works of mercy each week during Lent, pairing one spiritual work of mercy with one corporal work of mercy and then offering my thoughts on the pair. I will bookcase these reflection with a short introductory essay about the nature of mercy, and a final essay considering some practical thoughts. Here is part IX, which discusses some final thoughts on the works of mercy.
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There is a certaininterconnectedness between the works of mercy. For example, if we intend to admonish sinners, we must be also prepared to instruct the ignorant (many sinners "know not what they do"), and equally prepared to bear wrongs patiently (many people lack the good graces to accept just admonishments with docility). Likewise, if we harbor the harborless in the sense of sheltering a refugee, we should be prepared to provide him with food and drink at the least.

Lenten Series:Works of Mercy Part VIII--Bury the Dead and Pray for the Living and the Dead

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One of the pillars of Lent is almsgiving (and by extension, almsdeeds). On the surface, almsgiving and almsdeeds mean only to give away money or goods to those in need. However, almsdeeds go beyond this: they are the works of mercy. I will be posting about the works of mercy each week during Lent, pairing one spiritual work of mercy with one corporal work of mercy and then offering my thoughts on the pair. I will bookcase these reflection with a short introductory essay about the nature of mercy, and a final essay considering some practical thoughts. Here is part VIII, which discusses the seventh pair of works of mercy.
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Burying the dead is the only of the Corporal Works of mercy not named in the parable of the sheep and the goats. It comes from the book of Tobit: "if I saw any of my nation dead, or cast around the walls of Nineveh, I buried him" (Tobit 1:17).

Lenten Series: The Works of Mercy Part VII--Ransom Captives and Admonish Sinners

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One of the pillars of Lent is almsgiving (and by extension, almsdeeds). On the surface, almsgiving and almsdeeds mean only to give away money or goods to those in need. However, almsdeeds go beyond this: they are the works of mercy. I will be posting about the works of mercy each week during Lent, pairing one spiritual work of mercy with one corporal work of mercy and then offering my thoughts on the pair. I will bookcase these reflection with a short introductory essay about the nature of mercy, and a final essay considering some practical thoughts. Here is part VII, which discusses the sixth pair of works of mercy.
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Ransoming captives may seem the strangest, the least necessary of the works of mercy today. Oh, it was surely necessary historically (and Christ does specifically mention it in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats). There are indeed two different religious orders which were established to do this work historically. Both the Trinitarians and the Order of Our Lady of Ransom specifically had as there mission the rescuing of Christian captives from the ahdns of the infidels (which largely meant, Muhammedans). Members of the Order of Our Lady of Ransom took a fourth vow, which was to substitute themselves for other captives held be infidels, thereby ransoming those captives by becoming themselves captives: a very Christ-like approach to the problem of captivity.

Lenten Series: The Works of Mercy Part VI--Visit the Sick and Comfort the Afflicted

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One of the pillars of Lent is almsgiving (and by extension, almsdeeds). On the surface, almsgiving and almsdeeds mean only to give away money or goods to those in need. However, almsdeeds go beyond this: they are the works of mercy. I will be posting about the works of mercy each week during Lent, pairing one spiritual work of mercy with one corporal work of mercy and then offering my thoughts on the pair. I will bookcase these reflection with a short introductory essay about the nature of mercy, and a final essay considering some practical thoughts. Here is part VI, which discusses the fifth pair of works of mercy.
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When we hear of "the sick," we probably think immediately of those who are in the care of hospitals or hospices. Perhaps we think of our own families while they usffer through cold and flu season, or allergy season. These are, of course, sick in the conventional sens eof the word, and they need our assistance and our care.

Lenten Series:Works of Mercy Part V--Harbor the Harborless and Forgive Offenses Willingly

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One of the pillars of Lent is almsgiving (and by extension, almsdeeds). On the surface, almsgiving and almsdeeds mean only to give away money or goods to those in need. However, almsdeeds go beyond this: they are the works of mercy. I will be posting about the works of mercy each week during Lent, pairing one spiritual work of mercy with one corporal work of mercy and then offering my thoughts on the pair. I will bookcase these reflection with a short introductory essay about the nature of mercy, and a final essay considering some practical thoughts. Here is part V, which discusses the fourth pair of works of mercy.
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“Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Luke 9:58).

RCIA Question Box: On Vatican II

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Question:
“A person called in to Relevant Radio and spoke against the Second Vatican Council. She said it was the worst thing to happen to the Church. Why is there such strong opposition to the council?”
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Actually, it is not that surprising that there is strong opposition to the council. Many of the Church’s ecumenical councils have historically faced some sort of opposition, including from previously or otherwise seemingly faithful Catholics. We need look no farther back that the First Vatican Council (in the mid 19th century—the last council before Vatican II) to see that this is so.

Lenten Series:Works of Mercy Part IV--Clothe the Naked and Bear Wrongs Willingly

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One of the pillars of Lent is almsgiving (and by extension, almsdeeds). On the surface, almsgiving and almsdeeds mean only to give away money or goods to those in need. However, almsdeeds go beyond this: they are the works of mercy. I will be posting about the works of mercy each week during Lent, pairing one spiritual work of mercy with one corporal work of mercy and then offering my thoughts on the pair. I will bookcase these reflection with a short introductory essay about the nature of mercy, and a final essay considering some practical thoughts. Here is part IV, which discusses the third pair of works of mercy.

A few months ago, there was a kerfuffle over the popular clothing maker Abercrombie and Fitch when some remarks made by their CEO in a seven-year-old interview surfaced:

Lenten Series:Works of Mercy Part III--Giving Drink to the Thirsty and Instructing the Ignorant

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One of the pillars of Lent is almsgiving (and by extension, almsdeeds). On the surface, almsgiving and almsdeeds mean only to give away money or goods to those in need. However, almsdeeds go beyond this: they are the works of mercy. I will be posting about the works of mercy each week during Lent, pairing one spiritual work of mercy with one corporal work of mercy and then offering my thoughts on the pair. I will bookcase these reflection with a short introductory essay about the nature of mercy, and a final essay considering some practical thoughts. Here is part III, which discusses the second pair of works of mercy.
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Hunger may be among the worst forms of physical suffering by sheer magnitude, for many people go hungry. On the other hand, thirst is perhaps nearly so common, for many lack access to water. The homeless unemployed perhaps wants for food, water, shelters and at times clothes. Nor was thirst unknown in ancient times. Much of what I said about hunger applies here, too.

Lenten Series:Works of Mercy Part II--Feeding the Hungry and Counselling the Doubtful

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One of the pillars of Lent is almsgiving (and by extension, almsdeeds). On the surface, almsgiving and almsdeeds mean only to give away money or goods to those in need. However, almsdeeds go beyond this: they are the works of mercy. I will be posting about the works of mercy each week during Lent, pairing one spiritual work of mercy with one corporal work of mercy and then offering my thoughts on the pair. I will bookcase these reflection with a short introductory essay about the nature of mercy, and a final essay considering some practical thoughts. Here is part II, which discusses the first pair of works of mercy.
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Feed the hungry/Counsel the Doubtful
Hunger is one of the greatest causes of sorrow in this world, though not the greatest. And they are everywhere, there is no need to seek them out to find them. We should pity their plight, whether it's merely economic or whether the problem goes deeper.

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