Resources to help you LIVE the Works of Mercy:

Archbishop Naumann

"...We have the capacity for a greater joy than even the happiness we receive from experiencing God’s love for us. We encounter a new and more complete level of joy, when we allow ourselves to be the human instruments Our Lord uses in bringing His love to others."

  –   Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, from A Ten-Year Mutually Shared Vision for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas




Practical Suggestions for Practicing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy – by Joe Paprocki, DMin

Suggestions for the Corporal Works of MercyCompiled by Fr. Alessandro Borraccia

Building Culture of Mercy, Accompaniment– by Bishop Robert C. Morlino, Diocese of Madison 

Recommended Videos: 

   Small Things with Great LoveWith love, we can accomplish great things.

  Rosario Rodriguez: Her Story of Forgiveness

Ways to Volunteer your Works of Mercy:




Catholic Charities

Shalomn House: Homeless Shelter


Villa St. Francis




el Centro


Mentor 4 Success




Duchesne and St. Vincent Clinics


Topeka Rescue Mission


Suggested reading:

"The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel. - Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 114


A Year of Mercy with Pope Francis by Kevin Cotter will draw you into God's unfailing mercy, strengthening, healing and equipping you to fulfill his plan for your life. Spend a few minutes every day with the Holy Father as you read a brief meditation by him followed by a few reflection questions designed to help you ponder and receive God's love. God doesn't tire of us, Pope Francis has said, but "we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy." Join him in exploring the infinite love and unfailing compassion of the God who is always "there first," ready to receive and embrace us. These bite-sized quotes and engaging questions will fit easily into your busy schedule. But what a powerful few minutes they will be!"  - from OSV description.  Order here.


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.  Order here.



Smartphone app:


365 Days to Mercy is a smartphone app that is available for iPhones and Android/Google-based phones.  You can find more information here.






Pastoral resources: 

Instructions and downloadable materials

Article from "Homiletic & Pastoral Review"

Talking Points and Key Initiative for the Works of Mercy


Teacher/Catechist/Youth Ministry Resources: (more coming soon)


Two Feet of Love in Action - Activity for Teens