Every Catholic is joyfully obligated to practice the spiritual and corporal works of mercy every day. In a recent Lenten reflection by Father Robert Barron on almsgiving, Father says that “I can never say that your suffering is not mine or that your neediness is not mine. All of us are co-implicated.”

The Corporal Works of Mercy

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Clothe the naked
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Visit the sick
  • Visit the imprisoned
  • Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy

  • Admonish the sinner
  • Instruct the ignorant (This and the next work are extremely pertinent categories today, when so many people are confused by what the Church teaches on contraception, abortion, homosexuality, etc.)
  • Counsel the doubtful
  • Comfort the sorrowful
  • Bear wrongs patiently
  • Forgive all injuries
  • Pray for the living and the dead

How are you living the spiritual & corporal works of mercy in your daily life? Work together with your friends at LVG to ‘feed the hungry’ by working in the Project Host Garden weeding, planting, and tilling the soil. Project Host is the first soup kitchen in the country to have a garden on site. And this is one garden that earns its keep.  It has grown tons of produce for the hungry, and the culinary students have fresh produce to use to hone their skills. (The CC Pearce Culinary School teaches culinary and life skills to chronically unemployed and underemployed people in order to gain and sustain employment and to become positive roles model for their children, grandchildren and peers in the community.)

ACTION STEP: Come to the Project Host Garden (525 S Academy Street) from 9:30am-11:30am to work! Tools will be provided. A videographer from the Diocese of Charleston will be collecting footage for an upcoming video (leave your “man pants” at home, Sarah!!).

The fun continues: Eat lunch with us at Tupelo Honey around noon-ish, a “soil to city” restaurant in downtown Greenville that has a partnership with Mill Village Farms, another community led, new urban farm model that provides fresh, locally-grown produce to our community.

Questions about any of the above? Call Tyler at 803-422-6118, write to lvgreenville@gmail.com, or check the Facebook event.

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