The Spiritual Works of Mercy


The Spiritual Works of Mercy have long been a part of the ICAM tradition, appearing in the works of theologians and spiritual writers throughout history.  Just as Jesus attended to the spiritual well-being of those he ministered to, these Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to "help our neighbor in their spiritual needs"



Everyone has moments of doubt in his or her faith journey.  Nevertheless, we should always remember that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and turn to him along our way. 

  • Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise" (Prov 19:20)

  • The Cross of Christ "the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength" (1 Cor 1:25)

  • Has someone asked you for advice? Orient your response to Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life

  • Follow Christ with the witness of your life so that others may see God's love revealed in your actions

  • Accompany a friend who is struggling with believing to join a parish group for service or faith formation, share a book you found useful in dealing with your friend's faith concern and worship at Sunday Mass


Learn about our faith and be open to talking with others about our beliefs.  There is always something more to discover about our faith.

  • Go on a service trip or short-term mission trip.  No time? Donate to support someone on their service trip

  • Volunteer to help with religious education programs at the parish

  • Invite someone to go to mass with you this weekend

  • Know your faith and how to live it!



Do not judge, but be supportive in helping others find their way.  Together we can help each other towards theosis.

  • Don't judge, but help others towards theosis.

  • We should journey together to a deeper understanding of our shared faith. 

  • "Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother's eye" (Mt 7:5)


Be open to listening and comforting those who are dealing with grief.  Even if we aren't sure of the right words to say, our presence can make a big difference.

  • Lend a listening ear to those going through a tough time

  • Make a home cooked meal for a friend who is facing a difficult time

  • Write a letter or send a card to someone who is suffering

  • A few moments of your day may make a lifetime of difference to someone who is going through a difficult time


Forgiving others is hard at times because we do not have God's limitless mercy and compassion.  But Jesus teaches us that we should forgive as God forgives, relying on him to help us show others the mercy of God

  • Let go of grudges

  • Saying sorry is something we learn as kids, but how often do we mean it? Forgiveness transforms hearts and lives

  • Participate in the Sacrament of Penance

  • Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet



Do not be bitter about wrongs were done against you.  Place your hope in God so that you can endure the troubles of this world and face them with a compassionate spirit.

  • Frustrated with someone? Step away from the situation, take a few deep breaths, pray the Our Father, asking God for patience



Prayer is one of the most powerful ways we can support others.  Joining together in prayer for the living and the dead entrusts us all into God's care.

  • Request a Power of Prayer intention for a friend or family member who is going through a tough time

  • Request a Power of Prayer intention for a friend or family member who has passed away

  • Keep your book of prayer intentions, writing down the names of those who you are keeping in your prayers

  • Ask a friend or family member if there is anything you can pray for them about

  • Through prayer, entrust your cares and concerns for those around you to God