What You Can Do
Show Mercy to People Who Need It Most
The corporal works of mercy are to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, comfort the sick, visit the imprisoned and bury the dead. The jubilee year of mercy offers a special opportunity to show these works of mercy to people around the world. Here are a few ways you can remember our brothers and sisters overseas this year as you pray, learn, act and give.
Make a commitment to pray each day for poor and vulnerable people worldwide. Not sure where to start? Pray with the daily news headlines. Ask God to bless the people you read about in the paper or on social media.
Take time to become more familiar with the challenges facing our brothers and sisters overseas. Choose an issue you feel moved to learn more about—like hunger, climate change or the refugee crisis—and commit to reading and reflecting on it throughout the year.
It’s easy to feel like there’s not much we can do to support people we may never meet. These resources can help you show mercy to people in need overseas.
Support struggling artisans and farmers by purchasing fair trade coffee, chocolate and craft items. When you purchase fair trade items, you ensure that the people who produce them earn a living wage and work in safe conditions.
Urge our nation to act on behalf of the poor through legislative advocacy. Ask your lawmakers to enact policies that help “these least ones” (Matthew 25:40).
Finally, devote this year to an intentional practice of mercy through STCIM programs that invites you to pray, fast and give to people in need in India. Visit http://www.stteresamission.org/