“It is my burning desire that . . . the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.”
Help Your Students Experience the Year of Mercy in a Profound Way
During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Holy Father invited us all to reflect deeply on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. As religious educators, we have an incredible opportunity to inspire our students not only to know the works of mercy, but to live them in their daily lives.
The goal of all resources offered by The Religion Teacher is to take students beyond surface level knowledge and get them to encounter Christ in new and personal ways. The Religion Teacher’s Works of Mercy Worksheets are no exception.
This set of fourteen worksheets — one worksheet for each corporal and spiritual work of mercy — help students reflect deeply on how to understand and live mercy in their daily lives.
With reflection questions and activities that invite and prepare students to actually carry out each corporal and spiritual work of mercy, your students will not only be able to articulate the meaning of each work of mercy, they will be able to experience the graces that come from carrying them out.
How to Use the Works of Mercy Worksheets
Use the worksheets as bell work each day or use them to help your students focus on a work of mercy every week or month.
Assign them as homework assignments to complete at home with their parents in order to get the entire family excited the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Buying the Worksheets Supports Those Living the Works of Mercy
Researching and creating this resource was a true inspiration. As I reflected on the works of mercy, I wanted to be able to support others who are living a life of mercy in a special way.
During the Year of Mercy, we supported different charities each month that carry out the corporal works of mercy.
How will we do that?
Half of all proceeds for the sales of these worksheets were donated to a charity or organization every month during the Year of Mercy. Each organization will have a particular focus on one or more corporal work of mercy: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead.
Year of Mercy Charity
December 2015 Charity: Catholic Charities USA
January 2016 Charity: Catholic Worker Movement
February 2016 Charity: Mercy Beyond Borders
March 2016 Charity: Flint Water Crisis (Catholic Charities)
April 2016 Charity: Catholic Relief Services
May 2016 Charity: Center for the Homeless
June & July 2016 Charity: Pencils of Promise
August & September 2016: Charity Water
October & November 2016: Hurricane Matthew Relief in Haiti (CRS)