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To bear wrongs patiently

To bear wrongs patiently

To bear wrongs patiently is one of the seven spiritual works of mercy. Most of the spiritual works of mercy are directed outward for the spiritual benefit of another person, such as to instruct, comfort, counsel or admonish. This spiritual work is directed inward for one’s own spiritual benefit. It is much like a virtue. Christians should have this quality and increase in it.

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Food and conversation conduits for connecting with society’s wounded

Food and conversation conduits for connecting with society’s wounded

| Bridget Ryder | July 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

For St. Paul man, food and conversation conduits for connecting with society’s wounded

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Visit the imprisoned

Visit the imprisoned

| Father Michael Van Sloun | June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

To visit the imprisoned is a corporal work of mercy. Jesus mentioned it specifically when he said, “For I was . . . in prison and you visited me” (Mt 25:35, 36).

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Ham Lake parish’s prison ministry aims to help offenders know their dignity

Ham Lake parish’s prison ministry aims to help offenders know their dignity

| June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Wound healers

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Comfort the sorrowful

Comfort the sorrowful

| Father Michael Van Sloun | April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

The fourth spiritual work of mercy is to comfort the sorrowful. It is also known as to comfort the afflicted. Sorrow is mental suffering when there is grief, sadness or mourning. It is deepest and most painful at the death of a loved one.

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Families experiencing loss find a safe place to share

Families experiencing loss find a safe place to share

| April 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

In 2014, Veronica Rosa and her family were hit hard. Three months after their divorce, her ex-husband died.

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To shelter the homeless

To shelter the homeless

| Father Michael Van Sloun | March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

The corporal works of mercy are charitable deeds that provide for the bodily needs of others, and standing at the top of the list of critical bodily needs are food and shelter. The fourth corporal work of mercy is to shelter the homeless, also known as to harbor the harborless. In the Gospel, it corresponds to, “I was . . . a stranger and you welcomed me” (Mt 25:35). A roof over one’s head provides protection from the elements as well as safety and security.

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Home of love multiplied

Home of love multiplied

| Christina Capecchi | March 29, 2016 | 2 Comments

Gretchen Thibault will never forget the news footage 17 years ago that altered her family forever: a CBS News special showing a Romanian orphanage where malnourished toddlers were tied up in cribs.
“It was like, ‘Poof!’” she said. “Something changed. At that moment I realized I had a special spot in my heart that was just waiting to be used. It was filled with love.”

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Pray for the living and the dead

Pray for the living and the dead

| Father Michael Van Sloun | March 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

It is a spiritual work of mercy to pray for the living and the dead. These prayers make intercession for the spiritual benefit of another, for the living — that the person would receive a special grace or blessing — or for the dead — that the deceased person would be forgiven any remaining temporal punishment for sin, be aided along the journey to heaven and be warmly welcomed by God, as well as the angels and saints, and take the dwelling place that has been prepared in the Father’s house.

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Cathedral parishioner makes a habit of prayer

Cathedral parishioner makes a habit of prayer

| Susan Klemond | March 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Cathedral parishioner’s habitual prayer for the living and the dead flows from call to serve the Church

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Give drink to the thirsty

Give drink to the thirsty

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

To give a drink to the thirsty is the second corporal work of mercy. It was named by Jesus when he spoke to his disciples about the judgment of the nations (Mt 25:31-46) and he mentioned it four times. This physical need goes hand-in-hand with feeding the hungry.

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Giving drink to 60,000 — and counting

Giving drink to 60,000 — and counting

| Bridget Ryder | February 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Local couple’s nonprofit provides clean water to Tanzanians

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