What kind of actions are encouraged in the Catholic Corporal Spiritual Works of Mercy?


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Actions encouraged in Corporal Works of Mercy include visiting the sick and imprisoned, giving food and drink to the hungry and thirsty, and helping to shelter the homeless. The actions encouraged by the Spiritual Works of Mercy include teaching the faith, forgiveness, and praying for those living and deceased.

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The Corporal Works of Mercy refer to the helping of those with basic human needs of food, clothing and shelter. It includes tending to the emotional needs of those who are sick or in prison and the burying of the dead.

Spiritual Works of Mercy refer to helping those in need of spiritual guidance. This includes not only teaching the faith but also counseling those doubt their faith. It also encourages charitable admonishing of sinners and being willing to forgive those who apologize for their wrongdoing.

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