“For we reckon seven corporal almsdeeds [Corporal Works of Mercy], namely, 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; all of which are expressed in the following verse: ‘To visit, to quench, to feed, to ransom, clothe, harbor or bury.’
“Again we reckon seven spiritual alms [Spiritual Works of Mercy], namely, to instruct the ignorant, to counsel the doubtful, to comfort the sorrowful, to reprove the sinner, to forgive injuries, to bear with those who trouble and annoy us, and to pray for all, which are all contained in the following verse: ‘To counsel, reprove, console, to pardon, forbear, and to pray,’ yet so that counsel includes both advice and instruction.”
— Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II.2.32
MAY WORKS OF MERCY HIGHLIGHT:
Practicing the Spiritual Works of Mercy: “to pray for the living and the dead,” and “to counsel the doubtful,” through devotion to the Green Scapular, a sacramental that encourages the faithful to pray unceasingly with confidence and perseverance; particularly for the conversion of those who may have strayed from the faith.
ABOUT THE GREEN SCAPULAR
In 1840 France the Blessed Virgin Mary was sent to reveal the promises of the Green Scapular to all mankind. Since then, countless Heavenly miracles have been granted through this simple prayer devotion.
DEVOTIONAL USE OF THE GREEN SCAPULAR
PROMISES OF THE GREEN SCAPULAR DEVOTION
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