I wrote earlier in the week about the ways in which our family is being called to refocus our attention on mission in smaller ways, starting within the family and then extending out. In a similar way, Jeni (aka The Patron Saint of Poopy Diapers) wrote a post in September about ways we can do that with the works of mercy as well that I am just now coming across after finding her blog courtesy of Jennifer's Seven Quick Takes linkup.
Reading her post made me realize how much the practice of mercy and love begins at home...just like Blessed Teresa said wouldn't you know?
|Feed the hungry.|
|Clothe the naked|
|Give drink to the thirsty.|
|Comfort the sorrowful|
|Admonish the sinner. |
(Teach right from wrong in this case)
In so many ways our lives as parents are built to help us live out the call to practice corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Like all else in life, sometimes we get focused on the really big and lose sight of the the little way, of the small acts with great love. If we don't practice mercy in our own families, we certainly won't be in shape to extend mercy when the bigger call comes. (Please note that the "we" is used in a proverbial sense.)