Corporal Works of Mercy; Ransom the Captive
This work of mercy pertains to those who are imprisoned and/or oppressed and still deserving of our mercy, and we believe that people are all too often imprisoned by circumstances beyond their control: We see people imprisoned in the cycle of poverty every day, and it is they who God has brought into our lives—to whom we are called to minister.
We visit the migrant camps with food to help satisfy the hunger and with drink to help satisfy the thirst, yes. We also visit the migrant camps with friendship to help alleviate the pain of marginalization and with joy to help lift the spirits of the downtrodden.
We help people release the chains that bind their hearts for lack of forgiveness. In our discussions with adults and youth alike, we explain that sometimes a chasm exists between intentions and actions, but that is because it is only the actions that we see. If we could know peoples’ intentions, and if they could know ours, actions would surely be perceived very differently. We explain the importance of keeping this in our hearts and considering it before we react to others and before we act without forethought. Is it not easier to forgive when we know what lies behind others’ words and deeds? Trying to understand others’ and our own motives will provide fewer reasons to be in a position to forgive. As Dolores Huerta said, “If you haven't forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others?”