corporal works of mercy


corporal works of mercy
   This phrase (from the Latin corpus, meaning "body") refers to those works of mercy that complement the spiritual works of mercy; the corporal works of mercy, which are charitable activities intended to help a person's neighbors in their physical needs, include feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, giving shelter to strangers, and burying the dead. (See CCC 2447)

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