Corporal Works of Mercy | Catholic Central


WHINY KAI: (sighs) The reception
here is so bad I can’t even livestream
these videos of baby goats. DOWN-ON-HER-LUCK-LIBBY Oh I know, so
inconvenient, right? Millennials. (cat screeching) (upbeat music) LIBBY: Welcome to Catholic
Central, I’m Libby. KAI: And I’m Kai. Today we’re talking about
the corporal works of mercy. LIBBY: Corporal comes
from the Latin corpus, meaning the body. KAI: So, these are all
the things you can do to break out of selfishness and love and serve other people. LIBBY: Well, not all the ways. KAI: OK, well these are some of the ways the
Church has identified of meeting people’s
material or physical needs. LIBBY: You might be thinking,
other people, jeez, ooh. Can’t I just sit alone all day and pray for people
without having to talk to or smell them? KAI: Unfortunately,
the answer is no. LIBBY: And these works are
considered obligatory, and Jesus had some pretty
strong words in Matthew 25 for people that didn’t do that. KAI: Then he will
say to those on his left depart from me, you accursed. For I was hungry, and
you gave me no food; I was thirsty, and
you gave me no drink; a stranger, and you
gave me no welcome; naked, and you gave
me no clothing; ill and in prison, and
you did not care for me. LIBBY: Yikes.
(pop) And let’s not forget James 2:17. SURGEON KAI: I’m sorry to say it, but because he didn’t
perform any works, his faith is dead. PATIENT’S FRIEND LIBBY: But he went to Mass every day. (flatline tone) (flatline tone)
(crying) KAI: As Pope Francis
says in his book The Name of God is Mercy, “By welcoming a marginalized
person whose body is wounded and by welcoming the sinner
whose soul is wounded, we put our credibility as
Christians on the line.” LIBBY: So, first off,
feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty. KAI: Good thing because
I am starving. Hey Libby, you got
any extra mercy snacks in your purse? LIBBY: Unfortunately not, and this doesn’t just mean
giving a spare granola bar to someone who otherwise
has more than enough. KAI: It’s important to seek
out ways to serve those that don’t have enough to eat. LIBBY: You can do this by
donating to food pantries, serving meals to the homeless, or taking meals to new mothers or families that have
lost a loved one. KAI: Also, Catholic
bishops point out that clean drinking
water is a human right. LIBBY: So we can work to bring
water to communities in need and be mindful of how
much water we use. KAI: Next up is
clothing the naked. OLD LADY SHOW: This is a family show. KAI: That’s literally
the name for it. OLD LADY KAI: Well, I suppose
those are the people who need clothes the most. KAI: It doesn’t just mean people who aren’t wearing any clothes. It can be people that don’t
have enough warm clothes for example. LIBBY: To do this one you can
donate your old clothes to a charity, or your new ones, I mean. KAI: Why not?
LIBBY: Yeah. KAI: And look
into buying clothes that are produced ethically for a fair wage under
good working conditions. LIBBY: Moving on to
sheltering the homeless. KAI: OK, so
this one can apply to building physical shelters
for people without homes. LIBBY: But it can also
extend to organizations that work with refugees and
victims of domestic violence. KAI: Or even reaching out to
new people at school, work, or in the community and making them feel at home. Next up, visiting the sick. OLD LADY KAI: If only my grandkids
would come visit me. It would warm my poor (coughs) sick (coughs)
heart. LIBBY: Not to make you
feel super guilty or anything but visiting
can be a great help to the person who is sick. KAI: If you don’t happen to know
anyone who is sick right now, you could look at
volunteering in a hospital, a nursing home, or hospice. LIBBY: Or ask someone who’s
a full-time caregiver if they need a break. KAI: You can also literally
give of yourself by donating blood. PRISONER LIBBY: Hey, can we get on with this? LIBBY: I’m sorry, yes, next is
visiting the imprisoned. KAI: Prisoners challenge
us to see the image and likeness of God in everyone, regardless of what they’ve done. PRISONER LIBBY: Wait, even me? LIBBY: Wait, what did you do? KAI: The point is that
it doesn’t matter. Yes, even you are
made in the image and likeness of God. PRISONER LIBBY: Thank you. LIBBY: For this one you can look
into prison ministries or writing letters to prisoners. KAI: Or charities that aid
children whose parents are in prison or organizations that work against
human trafficking. LIBBY: You can also
look into programs that work in restorative justice which focuses on
repairing the harm caused by an offense through
rehabilitation and reconciliation. KAI: Then there’s
burying the dead. LIBBY: Ooh, fun fact. This one wasn’t an
original work of mercy, but was declared one
when during the years of early Christianity,
there were a lot of people that
needed to be buried once the lions were
done with them. KAI: Now most of us
probably won’t have to go out and dig graves. LIBBY: Although it is a
skill that would come in handy during a zombie
apocalypse. (screams) (zombie groans) KAI: So, for this one you can
look for opportunities to support those who
have lost loved ones. You can attend funerals. LIBBY: And pray for the dead. Catholics believe
that we can still pray for people to be able
to join God in Heaven even after they’ve passed away. KAI: So, there you have it. Seven ways … LIBBY: But wait, there’s more. KAI: More? We really need
to be wrapping this up. LIBBY: In 2016, Pope
Francis proposed Care for the Environment
as a compliment to the other works of mercy. KAI: Ah, and fortunately
we have a whole episode with ideas on how to do that. LIBBY: As with all of
these, it’s important to strive to see
the face of Christ in everyone that we encounter. KAI: When it comes to mercy,
there’s never too much that we can give or do. LIBBY:For more on putting the
corporal works of mercy into action, check
out our website at CatholicCentral.com. KAI: I’m Kai. LIBBY: And I’m Libby. Until next time, work it. KAI: Corporately. (upbeat music) (upbeat music) (upbeat music) (upbeat music) (upbeat music) (upbeat music) (upbeat music)

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