Works of Mercy

I had an opportunity on Sunday to visit with an acquaintance who was in the hospital. I learned from my parents that when such opportunities arise, one ought to take them without delay. I do not know this person terribly well but… I desire to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus and I would like very much to hear Him say:

“I was sick and you visited me.”

Mt. 25:36

I am astounded that He keeps furnishing me with daily “opportunities to serve” as my mom always called them. Then again, she did it in a way only an old-school Catholic mother who had already raised many children knew how. If I delayed in answering the call to assist in any task, she would dismiss me from the task altogether and say, “Never mind. You’ve lost your opportunity to serve.” It happened a grad total of about three times. I got the point really fast. She was teaching me that the opportunities to do good works come here and there, sometimes more frequently and sometimes less. Seize upon them, perform them with charity, say “yes” without thinking, and give them to God. The more we do that, the more disposed we become to charity itself.

Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us!

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