Moms, dads, and the spiritual works of mercy

Parenting offers daily opportunities to live the spiritual works of mercy, based on Christ’s teachings and Christian practice since the apostles.

Counsel the doubtful: When we take time for a short heart-to-heart to build up the confidence of a child who is filled with doubts about herself.

Instruct the ignorant: When we teach kids a new behavior (“’Stupid’ is not a word we use”) or a better way of doing something (“how to clean a drawer”).

Admonish the sinner: By calling our children on the wrongs they do, when we’re tempted to just let them pass.

Comfort the sorrowful: When we offer a long hug after a bad day.

Forgive injuries: When we teach children how to say, “I’m sorry,” and use the words, “I forgive you.”

Bear wrongs patiently: When we teach kids the right way to live yet patiently accept the limits of their stage in life.

Pray for the living and the dead: When we whisper prayers for our living children and those lost to miscarriage or death.

By Annemarie Scobey, from the archives of At Home with Our Faith newsletter