Beautiful Nature

Virtues and Works of Mercy

As a part of Joseph Dutton’s conversion to the Catholic faith, he recognized a need to atone for his past sins.  Joseph Dutton devoted the final 44 years of his life to being a virtuous person who practiced many works of mercy living on the island of Molokai, Hawaii.

Virtues

A virtue is a trait or quality that is deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being.  In other words, it is a behavior that shows high moral standards: doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong.

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Works of Mercy

Are practices considered meritorious in Christian ethics.  The practice is popular in the Catholic Church as an act of both penance and charity.  Works of mercy are a means of grace which lead to holiness and aid in sanctification.

are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise.

  • To feed the hungry.

  • To give water to the thirsty.

  • To clothe the naked.

  • To shelter the homeless.

  • To visit the sick.

  • To visit the imprisoned or ransom the captive.

  • To bury the dead.

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inspired by the life of Jesus and the spiritual instructions he gave his disciples.

  • Admonish the sinner. (Give correction to those who need it.)

  • Instruct the ignorant. (Share our knowledge with others.)

  • Counsel the doubtful. (Give advice to those who need it.)

  • Comfort the sorrowful. ...

  • Bear wrongs patiently. ...

  • Forgive all injuries. ...

  • Pray for the living and the dead.