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The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy
Transcript of The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy
History of the Seven Works
The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy originated in the Bible (in Matthew 25 w. 31-46). The first six were listed as the criteria by which Christ would judge a person's right to enter heaven.
To Feed the Hungry
To give food to those who are deprived of it, in order that they may sustain their life and health.
To Give Drink to the Thirsty
To respond to the need of people for clean, affordable water.
To Clothe the Naked
Providing clothing to those who are in need of them (homeless, ill-clothed, etc.)
To Shelter the Homeless
"When people need a roof over their heads our first duty is not to find out how they came to be in that state but rather to help them find shelter from the elements and anything-or anyone-who might harm them."
To Visit the Sick
To Visit the Imprisoned
To Bury the Dead
The last work was added as early as the third century to bring the number up to seven, which was regarded as a hallowed and mystical number.
These works were referred to as the
works of mercy because they pertain to bodily needs, as opposed to the
works, which address the needs of the soul.
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Nelson. American Burial. 2007. Smithsonian, Washinton DC. gstatic. Web. 18 Sept. 2013.
"To dispose of by depositing in or as if in the earth; especially: to inter with funeral ceremonies"
This Video outlines all of the seven Corporal works of mercy. How does is accurately relate all of these biblical ideas to present day scenarios, and what are more scenarios it could have used?
Bro. Martinez, Vito. "Corporal Works of Mercy - Clothe the Naked." Capuchin Franciscans. Capuchin Order Inc., 28 June 2011. Web. 18 Sept. 2013.
Bro. Martinez, Vito. "Corporal Works of Mercy - Shelter the Homeless." Capuchin Franciscans. Capuchin Order Inc., 5 July 2011. Web. 18 Sept. 2013.
"Bury." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, 2013. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.
To Clothe the Naked. Frank Garcia. Web. 23 Sept. 2013.
To Harbour the Harbourless. flickr. Web. 23 Sept. 2013.
Visiting the Sick. N.d. Photograph. Wordpress. Web. 23 Sept. 2013.
Prison-visit. N.d. Photograph. Http://static.tvfanatic.com. \ Web. 23 Sept. 2013.
An act of going or coming to see a person or persons in poor health.
An act of going or coming to see a person or persons in confinement.