These are seven practices of spiritual charity towards our neighbor. Along with practicing the "corporal works of mercy" (i.e. physical actions), these are practical actions which are aimed at relieving spiritual distress for, as Christians, we cannot neglect serving both spirit and body. It should be noted that not everyone is capable of performing the first three - one must have the knowledge (and usually training) to do so. But the last four can be performed by anyone.
|St. Maximilian Kolbe comforted his fellow prisoners in |
the starvation cell of a Nazi concentration camp.