Philip Kosloski

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6th Corporal Work of Mercy: Visit the Imprisoned

The next corporal work of mercy includes two separate acts: “ransoming the captive” and “visiting the imprisoned.” For the purposes of this article we will look at “visiting the imprisoned” as that is a bit more accessible for the average...

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Take Time for a Yearly Examen

At the end of each December many of us have high hopes for what could happen next year. We may want to exercise more, get a better job or receive an answer to a prayer. Whatever it is, we look at the future with hope and believe our lives will...

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5th Corporal Work of Mercy : “Visit the Sick”

While preparing an article for the next corporal work of mercy (visiting the sick), I immediately thought of one pope who highlighted this practice during his pontificate. That pope was St. John Paul II, who throughout his life emphasized the...

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4th Corporal Work of Mercy: “Harbor the Harborless”

­This week we will focus on the next corporal works of mercy, “harbor the harborless” (shelter the homeless). The Vatican highlighted this particular work of mercy this year when the new “Gift of Mercy” homeless shelter was established in...

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3rd Corporal Work of Mercy: Clothe the Naked

The next corporal work of mercy, “clothe the naked,” seems rather straightforward. One would think that it simply means to give clothes to someone who doesn’t have any. While that certainly is an aspect of this work of mercy, it does not paint...

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The 2nd Corporal Work of Mercy: “To Give Drink to the Thirsty”

The second corporal work of mercy might seem redundant, but is in fact a separate work of mercy. “To give drink to the thirsty” is similar to the action of “feeding the hungry,” but addresses a different need of the body and is not easily...

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First Corporal Work of Mercy: Feed the Hungry

After finishing up the spiritual works of mercy in my previous series, let us start to examine the seven corporal works of mercy. These works of mercy focus on serving the visible needs of our neighbor and should not be neglected. There is a real...

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Seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy: Praying for the Living and Dead

The final spiritual work of mercy is surprisingly simple and accessible to all: “pray for the living and the dead.” However, at the same time it is very easy to forget in a culture where we are taught to be independent and divorced from our...

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Sixth Spiritual Work of Mercy: Comfort the Afflicted

The sixth spiritual work of mercy highlights an act of charity that we too often neglect. In American society we tend to avoid, “comforting the afflicted,” and either try to solve the “problem” or dismiss a person’s suffering entirely. We are...

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Fifth spiritual work of mercy: To forgive offenses willingly

The fifth spiritual work of mercy is one that will greatly prepare us to embrace the Jubilee Year of Mercy: “to forgive offenses willingly.” This particular work of mercy is one of the hardest, as it requires a great deal of humility to perform...