Our Lord delivering the Sermon on the Mount
I have received some lovely emails in recent days from people who are returning to the Faith after being mauled by the lies of secularism (as I was) or people converting from Islam. I wanted to write this post for anyone who is slowly journeying down the new path of salvation.
Here is my advice: Keep. It. Simple.
If for the first year of your life as a practicing Catholic you do nothing but pray regularly and devoutly and try your best to perform the acts listed below YOUR FIRST YEAR WILL BE A COMPLETE SUCCESS.
The Virgin Mary always wants us to increase the quantity and depth of our prayer. It is by far the simplest way to grow closer to God and earn His favour. The second, complementary act, is performing Corporal and Spiritual acts of mercy.
If you practice them to the best of your ability you will be a superstar in heaven. Every act of mercy has direct scriptural roots. The corporal works of mercy are rooted broadly in the Sermon on the Mount and the Book of Isaiah; the Spiritual acts of Mercy are from the Acts of the Apostles and the Book of Exodus.
Here is a nice rundown of the history behind them and their power. PRACTICE THEM AND PAIR IT WITH DEVOUT PRAYER. If you follow this course, even if you do little else, you will have an amazingly deep relationship with God.
Corporal works of mercy:
To feed the hungry.
To give water to the thirsty.
To clothe the naked.
To shelter the homeless.
To visit the sick.
To visit the imprisoned, or ransom the captive.
To bury the dead.
Spiritual Works of Mercy
To instruct the ignorant.
To counsel the doubtful.
To admonish the sinners.
To bear patiently those who wrong us.
To forgive offenses.
To comfort the afflicted.
To pray for the living and the dead.