The Spiritual Works of Mercy After the Presidential Election

The work of the Catholic lay person in the United States is now more important than ever after this presidential election.  We must defend the Church.  We must not consider the defeat of a candidate who would have defended us as a defeat of our duty to defend the truth of Catholicism.  We must practice the spiritual works of mercy.

The Spiritual Works of Mercy

  • To counsel the doubtful
  • To instruct the ignorant
  • To admonish sinners
  • To comfort the afflicted
  • To forgive offenses
  • To bear wrongs patiently
  • To pray for the living and the dead

As published in BLESSED BE GOD A Complete Catholic Prayer Book © 1925 and THE MAN OF GOD Catholic Prayers and Devotions For Men © 1927 by Very Rev. Charles J. Callan, O.P., S.T.M. and Very Rev. John A. McHugh, O.P., S.T.M. and Roman Catholic Daily Missal 1962, © 2004

5 responses to “The Spiritual Works of Mercy After the Presidential Election

  1. I am inconsolable that nearly all of my Catholic family voted for Obama and helped him get reelected. God have mercy on our souls. Amen.

  2. I wonder if the Blessed Be God book is still available. Nevertheless, these works of mercy are what I am devoid of, when it comes to this election. How can I love those who disagree with me or are insulting my choice? Or a better question is, why am I so hateful and haughty to those who disagree with me? How can I see and love them as Jesus commands? This is a real problem for me…I feel this way so very much and want to change.

  3. Rafael Ralph DeCardenas

    Peter I am sorry but we have witnessed last night America’s version of the Russian Revolution and I can not forgive this time.

    I feel our hierarchy let us down by being conciliatory and not guiding through the pulpit as they should have. I firmly believe that is time for ACTION because Lucifer has won this round and we better realize that we will never be a free Religious Country again.

    When al is said and done you will see that the CATHOLIC VOTE went for Obama, enough said.

    Rafael ” Ralph” De Cardenas (405)721-7101 (405) 326-5695 Cell Cuban by Birth American by the Grace of God Okieby choice Sooner fanwith pride “To contemplate in silence an injustice is to become an accomplice” Jose Marti Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not to do so: but hat he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to GOD and His COUNTRY” SAMUEL ADAMS ‘THERE IS A TIME FOR ALL THINGS, A TIME TO PREACH AND A TIME TO PRAY, BUT THOSE TIMES HAVE PASSED AWAY. THERE IS A TIME TO FIGHTAND THAT TIME HAS NOW COME ‘ Peter Muhlenberg 1776 God Bless America, Pray for our troops”


  4. Michelle – One thing that might help you feel more love towards those with whom you disagree is to recall that God is still in control of our world, and no political choice can ever change that. Sometimes in the heat of controversy we can let these temporal matters take on a significance that is out of proportion to their reality. It’s good to do what we can to influence our country’s politics, but we can’t let bitterness over our failure take over our souls. Abandonment to Divine Providence is the better course. God’s will be done, both for ourselves and our opponents.

    • Thank you for your kind words. I am just so upset and crying because I believe I have witnessed the unthinkable—the American version of the early 20th century century Mexico, Germany, and as another poster said, Russia. It hurts twice because there were so many Catholic votes. I voted for him last time.. but then I was in an abusive situation. This means we’ve gotta get going even harder on prayer for conversions…as well as peace in my heart…come what may.