One item that I did not discuss at open house was the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy Lessons. “The spiritual and corporal works of mercy are love put into action” (Beautiful Mercy). Thus, the students and I are VERY excited about these lessons! The lessons require the students, their families, and myself to focus on one of the works of mercy for three weeks. At the beginning of the three-week period, I will send home a note similar to this one that outlines the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy Lesson for that three-week period. The goal is not to simply donate money for a cause, but to give of ourselves in the form of time and prayer. The first Work of Mercy Lesson that the students chose for the school year is Feed the Hungry.
Upon selecting the lesson, I had the students brainstorm ideas, which ultimately led to a food drive. Therefore, we will be gathering food to donate to the local food pantry the week after Labor Day. They were way too excited to say no!
However, since our goal is to give of ourselves, I have listed some at home activities to do as well. I have encouraged the students to select one per week; some will require parent or grandparents assistanceJ. Of course, if you have another awesome idea, go for it! Make dinner for a family in need. Maybe someone you know is recovering from an illness, surgery, lost a loved one or a family that just welcomed a new baby. Most of us know that person who does so much for others or the busy, busy mom or dad that would appreciate a prepared meal. Create a meal for your family. You may not realize that making a meal for your family is a work of love and mercy for your family. Making that choice to love and nourish your family is one that we often overlook as a work of mercy. “Love really is the ‘secret ingredient’ that transforms our mundane actions into everlasting gifts of glory” (Beautiful Mercy). Create a Blessing Bag. If you will be traveling to a city in which homelessness is an issue, create a blessing bag with a bottle of water and a couple of peanut butter sandwiches before you leave home to share with a homeless person you may run into in the city. (You can also order an extra sandwich if you go to a restaurant for the same purpose.) Volunteer to Work at a Food Pantry or Soup Kitchen. This option will take a little more planning, but consider calling our local food pantry to see if there is some way that you could assist. Maybe help unload boxes onto the shelves. They are open every third Saturday. Volunteer to Distribute Food for Food Finders. Again this would be take some planning, but it will be worth the two hours of time you invest! I volunteer every summer, and it feels great to help so many families.
Thank you in advance for your efforts with these lessons! As I said, the kids and I are VERY excited about them. Please contact me if you have any questions!
Have a blessed day! Mrs. Nagel
“He who has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.” Proverbs 22:9