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Lesson 10

The New Commandment and the Works of Mercy

The aim of this lesson is for your children to learn that, at the Last Supper, Christ gave us the New Commandment, which He declares is the surest sign that we are His disciples. The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are also signs given to us by Christ, through His Church, that help us to choose the right way to respond to our brothers and sisters in the human family.

Lesson Vocabulary
  • New Commandment
    :
    The commandment Jesus gives to His disciples at the Last Supper that contains the law of the entire Gospel. He tells us to love one another as He has loved us.
  • Corporal Works of Mercy
    :
    (n.): Loving actions taught to us by Christ that help us meet a person鈥檚 physical needs. Corporal means 鈥渙f the body.鈥 The Corporal Works of Mercy are: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead.
  • Spiritual Works of Mercy
    :
    (n.): Loving actions taught to us by Christ that help us meet the needs of a person鈥檚 soul. They are: instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, admonish sinners, bear wrongs patiently, forgive offenses willingly, comfort the afflicted, and pray for the living and the dead.
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