Thursday, September 1, 2016

A New Work of Mercy for the Year of Mercy

"Everything a baptized person does every day should be directly or indirectly related to the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy."                                                                                           Dorothy Day
Wood engraving by Ade Bethune 

In his message today “Show Mercy in Our Common Home”, for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, Pope Francis recommends that we add to the seven traditional works of mercy an eighth work:, care for our common home.

(See the entire message at this link below)

Referring to his encyclical Laudato Si, he explains that “as a spiritual work of mercy, care for our common home calls for ‘grateful contemplation of God’s world’ which allows us to discover in each thing a teaching which God wishes to hand on to us (LS 214)”

He goes onto further propose that “as a corporal work of mercy, care for our common home requires ‘simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness …and makes itself felt in every action which seeks to build a better world.”(LS 230-31)

And as always, he urges us to pray:

O God of the poor, 
help us to rescue the abandoned 
and forgotten of this earth, 
who are so precious in your eyes... 
God of love, show us our place in this world 
as channels of your love for all the creatures of this world.
God of mercy, may we receive your forgiveness 
and convey your mercy throughout our common home.
Praise be to you!

 Today in Juneau, Alaska there will be two prayer events for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
-- Holy Hour with Benediction  5:30pm-6:30pm at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
-- Interfaith Prayer Service, 7:00pm-8:00pm at Northern Light United Church, sponsored by Alaska Interfaith Power and Light.

Everyone is invited, everyone is welcome, at both events.

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