Living the Works of Mercy: Daring Teens to Change the World

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Saint Mary's Press, 2003 - 190 pages
Draw young people to participate in the life, mission, and work of your faith community. Empower your young disciples to actively build a civilization of love, by teaching them skills for putting faith into action.

Faith comes alive for teens when we encourage them to participate in the life, mission, and work of our faith communities. Living the Works of Mercy contains strategies to help young people live the traditional works of mercy in today's society. The corporal works of mercy (oriented toward junior high students) include visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, and welcoming the stranger. The spiritual works of mercy (oriented toward high school students) include converting the sinner, instructing the ignorant, forgiving injuries, and counseling those who doubt. Chapters include prayer experiences, Scripture-based presentations, practical handouts, Internet resource listings, and outreach activity suggestions. Two retreats are also included.

 

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Contents

Introduction
7
The Corporal Works of Mercy Changing the World Through Prayerful Action
13
Visit the Sick
15
Feed the Hungry
25
Give Drink to the Thirsty
34
Clothe the Naked
45
Welcome the Stranger
57
Visit the Imprisoned
69
The Spiritual Works of Mercy Changing the World Through Active Prayer
99
Convert the Sinner
101
Instruct the Ignorant
113
Counsel Those Who Doubt
121
Comfort Those Who Mourn
129
Bear Wrongs Patiently
139
Forgive Injuries
149
Pray for the Living and the Dead
159

Bury the Dead
80
Jesus in Disguise
88
Christ Looks on Us with Love
169
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