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Easy Essay

Winchester CVM

Peter Maurin  –  Works of Mercy

In the first centuries of Christianity

pagans said about Christians:

“See how they love each other.”

The love for God and neighbour

was the characteristic

of the first Christians.

This love was expressed

through the daily practice

of the Works of Mercy.

To feed the hungry,

to clothe the naked,

to shelter the homeless,

to instruct the ignorant

at a personal sacrifice

was considered

by the first Christians

as the right thing to do.

Surplus goods were considered

to be superfluous,

and therefore to be used

to help the needy members

of the Mystical Body.

Winchester CVM

The New and Unexpected Breed of Homeless

The Catholic Volunteer Movement write that:

“As we celebrate the Septuagesima Sunday our thoughts inevitably turn to the penitential season. What better time therefore to remind ourselves of the Works of Mercy –

  • To feed the hungry;
  • To give drink to the thirsty;
  • To clothe the naked;
  • To harbour the harbourless;
  • To visit the sick;
  • To ransom the captive;
  • To bury the dead.

We should think and pray hard about which of these we can do, most especially during Lent”.

Juventutem Hexham and Newcastle in Durham are regularly out on the streets of Middlesbrough serving the homeless, and St Joseph’s Catholic Helpers for the Poor serve the homeless in Winchester. They write in their latest emailed appeal:

“If most able body parishioners attended just one soup run this year, I would have a surplus of helping hands. Remember many hands make light work and every pair of hands certainly makes my load lighter and continues our mission of bringing Christ to our guests”.

What can you do to bring Christ to our neighbour??

CVM Soup Kitchen Fr. Webber