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Posted: Jan 21 2010 at 9:19am | IP Logged Quote Paula in MN

I came across this list yesterday while purging. I wish I could remember where I first saw it. I'm thinking of using it to more fully explain these works of mercy. Anyone have any additions or recommendations?

Corporal Works of Mercy

Feed the Hungry - Thea Bowman, Dorothy Day
Give Drink to the Thirsty - St. Frances Cabrini, St. Katherine Drexel
Clothe the Naked - Mother Theresa
Shelter the Homeless - Sarah, wife of Abraham
Visit the Sick - Bl Kateri Tekakwitha
Visit the Imprisoned - St. Therese of Lisieux
Bury the Dead - St. Catherine of Siena


Spiritual Works of Mercy

Instruct the Ignorant - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Counsel the Doubtful - Mother Catherine McAuley
Admonish the Sinner - St. Therese of Avila
Bear Wrongs Patiently - Mary Magdalene
Forgive Injuries - St. Josephine Bakhita
Comfort the Sorrowful - St. Veronica
Pray for the Living and the Dead - Mary, Mother of Mercy

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Posted: Jan 21 2010 at 9:50am | IP Logged Quote JennGM

Interesting list, Paula. Seems to be a list of women examples. I think I would flesh it out with men and some other saints. I like the examples, although I'm not crazy about Feed the Hungry one, But they all make me think about their lives, and other saints lives.

Feed the Hungry -- St. Elizabeth of Hungary with her miracle of the bread

Shelter the Homeless -- I'm not thinking of many specifics, except that the Rule of St. Benedict includes sheltering, so many Benedictines did this.

Forgive injuries -- I was thinking of
St. Francis of Assisi and St. Jeanne Jugan, who were kicked out of their own orders!

Visit the Sick -- St. Damien of Molokai

Visit the Imprisoned -- St. Peter Claver, St. John Leonardi

Just a few ideas...I'm out of time. I love thinking of the saints lives. So many of them lived these every day of their lives. I guess we need to think of those that particularly did this in an extra special way?
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Posted: Jan 21 2010 at 9:55am | IP Logged Quote Paula in MN

Jenn, I agree that there need to be some men on the list. I don't know where I ever found it. I was thinking of Pope JPII for forgiving injuries or visiting the imprisoned, along with St. Maria Goretti.


ETA: Jenn, one more post and you'll hit 10,000!!!!

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Posted: Jan 21 2010 at 10:14am | IP Logged Quote JennGM

Paula in MN wrote:
Jenn, I agree that there need to be some men on the list. I don't know where I ever found it. I was thinking of Pope JPII for forgiving injuries or visiting the imprisoned, along with St. Maria Goretti.


ETA: Jenn, one more post and you'll hit 10,000!!!!


Paula, those are GREAT examples for imprisoned and forgiving all injuries. I love them.

The Sarah example isn't ringing well with me, as I think Abraham was more hospitable than Sarah was. Maybe I'm missing something.

Yes, 10,000. I obviously have a lot to say!

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Posted: Jan 21 2010 at 10:26am | IP Logged Quote guitarnan

You could move St. Frances Cabrini to shelter the homeless. She took in so many, many orphans...

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Posted: Jan 21 2010 at 10:53am | IP Logged Quote stellamaris

I have been impressed lately by the life of St. Giuseppe (Joseph) Moscati. He was canonized in 1987 by JPII and is a great example of a modern saint. He was a doctor and scientist, and I think would fit well under "visit the sick". There is a new DVD out by Ignatius Press on his life.

I think St. Margaret of Scotlandmight be another good example of "Feed the Hungry". And what about St. Peter Claver?

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Posted: Jan 21 2010 at 11:03am | IP Logged Quote JennGM

I know, St. Peter Claver fits in so many of the Corporal Works.

I was thinking of counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, those spiritual directors, especially in the year of the priest:

St. John Vianney
St. John Bosco
St. Josemaria de Escriva
St. Padre Pio
St. Francis de Sales

I was also thinking that lay saints would be good to list --- examples of people doing it in everyday life, that we can imitate.

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Posted: Jan 21 2010 at 11:07am | IP Logged Quote JennGM

And St. Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac for all those corporal works.

And St. Lawrence and Stephen, the deacon martyrs for their feeding and taking care of the widows and poor!

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Posted: Jan 21 2010 at 11:26am | IP Logged Quote Mimip

What a great list...

Adding to my favorites

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Posted: Jan 21 2010 at 12:33pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Paula in MN wrote:
I wish I could remember where I first saw it.


I thought it sounded familiar, too. It was Jennifer (Mari Hal-O-Jen) who posted them here many years back. There are other resources and links listed there for each work. She said she found the list in a magazine and it was specifically one linking female saints with the Works of Mercy. Her blog post shows the finished product.

I like fleshing this out with male and female saints - and I do think some were left off who would be a better fit. Now we need someone to compile the list again with the updates and additions, to keep it all together and more readable.

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Posted: Jan 21 2010 at 12:57pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Shelter the Homeless - St. Benedict Joseph Labre - patron of the homeless, lived among the homeless himself, helping and sharing with them.

-St. Jerome Emiliani


Visit the Sick - Margaret of Cartona

Clothe the Naked - St. Martin of Tours

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Posted: Jan 21 2010 at 1:07pm | IP Logged Quote Paula in MN

MaryM wrote:
I thought it sounded familiar, too. It was Jennifer (Mari Hal-O-Jen) who posted them here many years back.



Thank you Mary! I wanted to be able to attribute it correctly ~ now I can!

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MaryM wrote:
Now we need someone to compile the list again with the updates and additions, to keep it all together and more readable.


Are you volunteering???

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Paula in MN wrote:
MaryM wrote:
Now we need someone to compile the list again with the updates and additions, to keep it all together and more readable.


Are you volunteering???


No...hoping you might...

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Paula in MN wrote:
MaryM wrote:
Now we need someone to compile the list again with the updates and additions, to keep it all together and more readable.


Are you volunteering???


No...hoping you might...


Yes, I will. I'll give it a few more days so anyone else can chime in!

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Posted: Jan 21 2010 at 2:46pm | IP Logged Quote JennGM

I'll be glad to do it, Paula, if you don't want to!

I hope more people chime in with more ideas of saints...As I was having our quiet time I was trying to think of consoling saints, saints who comforted those who were sad or sorrowful. I immediately think of Our Lady of Sorrows, or St. Monica crying her eyes out for her sons. And St. Elizabeth Ann Seton who knew so much sorrow in her life.

But I can't think offhand of those who consoled (and is publicly written in their life.)

Any ideas?

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i was thinking of st. John vianney and st. Thomas aquinas for bearing wrongs patiently...thomas' mother and brothers did lock him in a tower for two yrs because he became a dominican instead of a monk...
Still thinking about some of the others.

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Posted: Jan 21 2010 at 3:17pm | IP Logged Quote stellamaris

Maybe St. Philip Neri for "Instruct the Ignorant":

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At his new home, the church of San Girolamo, he learned to love to hear confessions. Young men especially found in him the wisdom and direction they needed to grow spiritually. But Philip began to realize that these young men needed something more than absolution; they needed guidance during their daily lives. So Philip began to ask the young men to come by in the early afternoon when they would discuss spiritual readings and then stay for prayer in the evening. The numbers of the men who attended these meetings grew rapidly. In order to handle the growth, Philip and a fellow priest Buonsignore Cacciaguerra gave a more formal structure to the meetings and built a room called the Oratory to hold them in.


I thought of St. Maximilian Kolbe as one who "bore wrongs patiently".

For "comfort the sorrowful", I think St. Damien of Molokai certainly did this...were there any more sorrowful people than those lepers who were cast away from family, friends, and all of society and left to languish on Molokai? Also, St. Sebastian, who went to Rome for the express purpose of supporting, comforting, and encouraging the believers who were suffering persecution at that time.


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stellamaris wrote:
Also, St. Sebastian, who went to Rome for the express purpose of supporting, comforting, and encouraging the believers who were suffering persecution at that time.


You beat me to the punch, Caroline! I was just about to add St. Sebastian after reading about him to my children yesterday morning.

This list looks great, ladies!

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Posted: Jan 21 2010 at 3:48pm | IP Logged Quote JennGM

Oooh, these are so good.

I thought of another saint who knew sadness and rejection was St. Helena.

You know those miniature lives of the saints? There's a saint that ministered during a plague and then died and I can't remember his name.

And which male saint founded and ran hospitals? I think started in Rome?

Like my vaguess?

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