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Loving Our Neighbors

Our world is often confused by what true mercy looks like. Pope Francis calls us to a culture of encounter, to recognize the dignity in the person in front of us. This encounter leads us to action on their behalf by serving others through works of mercy. Christ has called us to go and make disciples of all nations and in a special way to give food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned, and bury the dead. In so doing, our hearts change and we learn to be merciful as the Heavenly Father is merciful.

Grades PK-3

PK, TK and Kindergarten Lesson Plan

Small actions make a big difference! This lesson will help students to realize the big impact small acts of love and kindness can make to create a better world for everyone.

Grades PK-K Monday Loving Our Neighbor Lesson Plan.pdf

Grades 1-3 Lesson Plan

Small actions make a big difference! This lesson will help students to realize the big impact small acts of love and kindness can make to create a better world for everyone.

Grades 1-3 Monday Loving Our Neighbor Lesson Plan.pdf

Grades 4-6

Grades 4-6 Lesson Plan

In the midst of chaos and negativity in our world, small actions can get lost. This lesson will help them realize the big impact small acts of love and kindness can make to create a better world for everyone.

Grades 4-6 Monday Loving Our Neighbor Lesson Plan.pdf

Resources

Scene from Les Misérables

This 3 minute clip from the movie Les Misérables shows what mercy looks like in practice and the powerful impact one act of mercy had on one man’s life.

The Corporal Works of Mercy

Coloring pages of each corporal work of mercy with Scripture.

The Spiritual Works of Mercy

Coloring pages of each spiritual work of mercy with Scripture.

Grades 7-9

Our world is often confused by what true mercy looks like. Pope Francis calls us to a culture of encounter, to recognize the dignity in the person in front of us. This encounter leads us to action on their behalf by serving others through works of mercy.

Grades 7-9 Monday Loving Our Neighbors Lesson Plan.pdf

Resources

Jesus is Mercy

In this 1 minute video Dave VanVickle shares about Jesus’ Mercy in the Gospels.

What does it mean that God is merciful?

Sister M. Xavier Schulze, FSMG shares about undeserved grace.

Mercy is Free

Sr. Miriam James share how the mercy of Jesus sets us free.

Grades 10-12

Grades 10-12 Student Handout

Our world is often confused by what true mercy looks like. Pope Francis calls us to a culture of encounter, to recognize the dignity in the person in front of us. This encounter leads us to action on their behalf by serving others through works of mercy.

Grade 10-12 – Loving our Neighbor.pdf

Resources

What is Mercy?

7-minute video offers a modern explanation of mercy and its role in giving joy to our lives.

Are You Locked In?

Fr. Gaetano Piccolo shares with us how Jesus can unlock our hearts and inspire us to love.

What is Mercy?

4 short videos answering the question, “what is mercy” from different perspectives.

Ocean of Mercy

2.5 minute video with Chris Stefanick discussing the vastness of God’s mercy.

Mercy and the Cross

Bishop Barron shares that in the Presence of Jesus we can receive Mercy for our lives.

“Our Lord helped me to forgive”

Short video on how when Patricia was killed by a bullet meant for another person, her parents realized that they had to ask God for strength to forgive the assailant.

50 Corporal Works of Mercy from FOCUS

ideas for how to help those in need

Smiling at a Stranger

Smiling at a stranger ​may be the work of mercy to change our broken world

3 Ideas

3 practical ways to bring healing to America right now ideas for creating change in the world

What Is Your Motivation For Doing Good?

A Thai insurance company’s commercial invites us to ask ourselves this question.

Prayer to See Others Mercifully

Ask Jesus for help to view and treat others with mercy

This column will change your life: Forgiveness

Hanging on to old resentments is bad for your health.

People Should Not Fear Difference But Division

Work together to form communities of peace and love in the world.

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