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Besides voting, what other activities should I be involved in to improve my community? What does the Church teach regarding our civic accountability as individuals and as responsible voters?

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In this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis, it might be helpful to go back to the Church’s ancient tradition of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, which can be incorporated into any number of community activities. Traditionally, these are defined as:

Corporal Works of Mercy

feed the hungry
give drink to the thirsty
clothe the naked
shelter the homeless
visit the sick
visit the imprisoned
bury the dead

Spiritual Works of Mercy

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

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