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Back in 2014 when I was selected to give the Action talk on a Cursillo Women's team, I created the above slide enumerating the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy to go along with my presentation.
These 14 "Thou Shalts" (as opposed to The 10 Commandments, which are a mix of Thou Shalts and Thou Shalt Nots) are the nuts and bolts of the ways we are to reach out to others in love, so I built my talk around these stalwarts of faith and service to others.
Since then, Pope Francis has declared that this coming year will be a Holy Year of Mercy.
Here is an excerpt from the Vatican Radio's English translation of Pope Francis' homily in which he makes the announcement:
"Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy. It is [a] journey that begins with a spiritual conversion. For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary Jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its center. It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live this Year in the light of the Lord's words: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (cf. Lk 6:36)”