- To help your family focus on giving thanks, ask each member to write a thank-you note to every other family member, thanking the family member for some of the good things he or she has done during the past year. Distribute the notes to the appropriate people. Close with a prayer thanking God for your family.
- Write a family prayer of thanksgiving. Have each member contribute by telling at least one thing for which they are thankful. Pray this prayer at mealtime each night this week.
- Make a list of people who serve you every week, for example, the mail carrier, store clerks, teachers, parish staff. How often do you say thank-you to those people? This week may be a good time to write short thank-you notes to them.
- Prepare a basket of fruit to give away. Have family members decide who to give it to in gratitude for what that person has done for your family. Make sure to include with the fruit basket a personalized note that expresses your gratitude.
“It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy. Jesus introduces us to these works of mercy in his preaching so that we can know whether or not we are living as his disciples.”
Reflect on the instruct the ignorant and admonish sinners works of mercy below: