Pope Francis

Pope Francis: On the Road of Mercy This Lent

“Let us not waste this Lent” exhorts the Pope Francis. His message for Lent 2016 reflects his proclamation of the Year of Mercy. Lent this year, he says, should “be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy.”

The Holy Father reminds us that the relationship between God and humanity is a “love story,” a story of God’s mercy – mercy that is poured out over and over again.

God’s mercy transforms human hearts; it enables us, through the experience of a faithful love, to become merciful in turn. In an ever new miracle, divine mercy shines forth in our lives, inspiring each of us to love our neighbour and to devote ourselves to what the Church’s tradition calls the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

Let us not waste this Lent. Let us be merciful and active. Plan now: the road to mercy awaits.

Corporal Works of Mercy

  • To feed the hungry;
  • To give drink to the thirsty;
  • To clothe the naked;
  • To harbor the harborless;
  • To visit the sick;
  • To ransom the captive;
  • To bury the dead.

Spiritual Works of Mercy

  • To instruct the ignorant;
  • To counsel the doubtful;
  • To admonish sinners;
  • To bear wrongs patiently;
  • To forgive offences willingly;
  • To comfort the afflicted;
  • To pray for the living and the dead.