Notes from Deacon Yanish


Oh Lord have mercy!

In perusing our Bishop's Pastoral Letter on Mercy, I revisited the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Several of each reminded me of what I have not been doing or at least not doing well. I guess I do a fair job on the Corporals; we contribute to the food shelves occasionally, take the clothes we no longer need or want to Goodwill, we work with the Salvation Army once in awhile. I do my job as chaplain at the nursing home; visiting the sick. So, as I said, I do just okay on the Corporals. The Spirituals? Not so much.

· I don't "counsel the doubtful".

· I don't "instruct the ignorant".

· I don't "admonish sinners".

· I do occasionally "comfort the afflicted".

· I don't do well at "forgiving offenses" or "bear wrongs patiently".

· I do "pray for the living and the dead".

So there. I took my inventory and shared it with you. Why doesn't everybody do the same? It is humbling, believe me. This wonderful season of Lent that our church gives us is a great time to do just that! And if you, like me, are not living up to the merciful expectation, there are plenty of opportunities to change all that situation. "Now is the time to atone for our sins. The time for our salvation has come."

Peace,

Deacon Steve

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