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[caption id="attachment_127510" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Catholic Central Catholic Central hosts Kaiser Johnson and Libby Slater. Copyright 2017 Family Theater Productions. Used with permission. All rights reserved.[/caption]

Throughout history, the Church has looked inward, to spiritual matters, and outward, to how we deal with other people and the world at large. Since kids are often intent mostly on the present moment, learning to widen both their inner and outer focus is valuable. This week with “Catholic Central,” we take you into the human mind, through the mind of St. Paul, and out to the rest of humanity and all of nature. 

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The Spiritual Works of Mercy Are Available to All – Even From a Distance

You don’t have to be in the same house, the same town or even the same continent to provide spiritual help and support to others. 

How can we help others spiritually? In “Catholic Central: Spiritual Works of Mercy,” Kai and Libby break down some of the ways the Catholic Church outlines how to serve others on a spiritual level.  And, did we mention the Church has been doing that for centuries?! 


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Diving Deeper  

  • What does the meaning of the word mercy (to take to heart someone else’s suffering) stir up for you? How does it add to or change your way of thinking about mercy? 
  • When have you experienced mercy in a profound way that drew you closer to God? When have you extended mercy towards someone else and had an increased sense of God’s closeness through it? 
  • Which spiritual acts of mercy do you find yourself most drawn towards? Which do you find most challenging? Why? Invite God into your feelings of being drawn or challenged.


Write each of the spiritual works of mercy on slips of paper and draw one each day from a box. Pay attention throughout the day to notice opportunities to do those works of mercy for others or instances where someone else has lived out that work of mercy towards you.  

Reflection by Father Vince Kuna C.S.C.  

Even though you may not be going through a moment of suffering, there’s always someone in the Church or wider world who is. Do a Spiritual Work of Mercy by praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, or pray the lament in  Psalm 88, which begins: “Lord, the God of my salvation, I call out by day; at night I cry aloud in your presence. Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry.”  


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