"BE MERCIFUL EVEN AS YOUR FATHER IS MERCIFUL." (LUKE 6:36)
For the month of May the Corporal work of Mercy is: Bury the Dead.
In burying the dead, the innate dignity of the human person, soul and body, is recognized and honored. In the Book of Genesis, we learn that we were formed in the image of God. In the Gospel, we learn that, in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, we are promised eternal life. In our faith, then, we find our hope that we will rise with the Lord Jesus on the last day. By interring the remains of the dead, we honor them, professing our faith that they are alive in Jesus Christ.
“And so, when you and your daughter-in-law Sarah prayed, I brought a reminder of your prayer before the Holy One; and when you buried the dead, I was likewise present with you” (Tb 12:12).
- See more at: http://www.portlanddiocese.org/sites/default/files/files/YearofMercyMay.pdf
Conditions for Gaining the Plenary Indulgence for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
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