Christ said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Mt 5:7). He also said, “Be merciful, as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36).
Spiritual writers point out that the two beatitudes of “hunger and thirst for justice” and “mercy” are related to the active life and the illuminative way. In the active life, justice and mercy should be united, and we cannot reach perfection without going to the help of the afflicted.
The illuminative way involves the practising and fostering of virtues. We thirst and desire for holiness and we put that desire into practice by doing works of mercy to others.
St. John Bosco (1815-1888) inspired many to do works of mercy. In the 19th century, there were many social problems in Turin, Italy, one of which was the spiritual and material poverty of young people.
Don Bosco began his works for young people in December 1841 by giving religious instruction to young people. He carefully prepared the boys for confession and Communion. He gathered young people on Sunday for religious and fun activities.
In 1847, Don Bosco opened a shelter for needy boys. He prepared food for them and attended to their spiritual and material needs.
Subsequently he opened boarding schools, giving food and shelter to poor boys, teaching them life skills, providing lessons. He ensured young people received thorough catechetical instruction and had a good moral and spiritual life. Don Bosco poured himself out tirelessly in doing works of mercy in words, deeds, and prayers.
St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938) is an apostle of Divine Mercy. Our Lord said to her, “I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbour: the first, by deed; the second, by word; the third, by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to my mercy” (Diary, 742).
Our Lord told Faustina to write about the value of spiritual works of mercy: “But write this for the many souls who are often worried because they do not have the material means with which to carry out an act of mercy. Yet spiritual mercy, which requires neither permission nor storehouses, is much more meritorious and is within the grasp of every soul. If a soul does not exercise mercy somehow or other, it will not obtain my mercy on the day of judgment. Oh, if only souls knew how to gather eternal treasure for themselves, they would not be judged, for they would forestall my judgment with their mercy” (Diary, 1317).
Praying the Divine Mercy chaplet for others, especially for the dying, is a wonderful spiritual work of mercy. Also, recommending the Divine Mercy devotion to others can contribute greatly to their spiritual wellbeing.
Our Lord said to St. Faustina, “When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between my Father and the dying person, not as a just Judge but as a merciful Saviour” (Diary, 1541).
We should pray earnestly for the conversion of sinners. Our Lord said, “The prayer most pleasing to me is prayer for the conversion for sinners. Know, my daughter, that this prayer is always heard and answered” (Diary, 1397).
Regarding recommending the devotion to others, Our Lord said, “Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from my infinite mercy … I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in my mercy” (Diary, 687).
Our Lord also promised: “Souls who spread the honour of my mercy … at the hour of death I will not be a Judge for them, but the Merciful Saviour” (Diary, 1075).
聖傅天娜（1905-1938）被譽為「神聖慈悲宗徒」。傅天娜日記（#742）記載：吾主對我說：「我現在給妳三個慈悲地對待鄰人的方法:第一是具體行動;第二是透過語言;第三是藉著祈 禱。這三種方法,都在不同的程度上,完全概括了慈悲的全部意義。因了這些慈悲的行為,才能 毫無疑問地證明妳對我的愛。透過了這三種行為,一個靈魂才能光榮和恭敬我的慈悲。」