We are all called by Christ to do the works of mercy, to feed the hungry, to visit those who are sick, or in prison, to clothe the naked and bury the dead.
Jackie Pullinger is one of those who performs the works of mercy and has witnessed to the healing love of Christ in her ministry. She was born in 1944 and is a Christian with a charismatic missionary to Hong Kong and founder of the St Stephen's Society. She has been ministering in Hong Kong since 1966. Her work has resulted in up to 500 addicts being saved from their drug addictions.The early years of her Hong Kong ministry are chronicled in the book Chasing the Dragon.
Here are some of her inspiring words...
Not all of us are able to go abroad to help the poor, but we are called to help our nearest neighbour who may be in need, the person who is alone, the person who is bereaved, the mentally ill, the sick, the hungry, the jobless, the alcoholic, drug addict, the homeless, the dying, ....there are so many.
Lord help us to love You in our Brothers and Sisters who are in need.
In the Diary of St. Faustina Jesus relates the following:
'My daughter, if I demand through you that people revere My mercy, you should be the first to distinguish yourself by this confidence in My mercy. I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it. I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first – by deed, the second – by word, the third – by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. Yes the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy, and I demand the worship of My mercy through the solemn celebration of the Feast and through the veneration of the image which is painted. By means of this image I shall grant great graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of my mercy because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works.' (Diary §742)