Practical deeds of compassion that comfort those who suffer and help them experience God’s love
I think that I have always had the Charism of Mercy although I didn't think of it like that. I have always been drawn to people in need and in pain and wanted to help them. I really enjoyed working as a nurse and health visitor when I could use these gifts.
During my one to one conversation, Mercy came up as the charism that it made sense to explore. I was really surprised! However, when I looked back on my life, I could see that I had always felt drawn to help people who are suffering.
I have been using my Charism of Mercy as a nurse for years, and many times experienced God working through me. Called and Gifted has deepened my faith and encouraged me to practise my charism with confidence amongst the people God places before me, especially the bereaved, the sick, the homeless, the lonely, and the dying.
I find it very rewarding to relate to and help people in practical ways who are needy or suffering. Recently a lady moved to our Parish who had lost her husband just over a year ago. I invited her to come with me to a weekly prayer group. This has made a really positive difference as she enjoys it and hopefully it has helped to restore some of her social confidence. I have heard her telling others how much it has helped her.
For some time now our prayer group at St Edmund’s, Abingdon, has felt the call to put our faith into action and reach out to the many homeless on the streets of Oxford. We call it the Chocolate Ministry as we take bars of chocolate to give to any of our less fortunate brothers and sisters that we come across as we walk around the city. We also give items of warm clothing and money - all provided by generous donations. Our ministry involves other charisms besides Mercy, including Evangelism, Encouragement, Prophecy, Healing, Faith and Intercessory Prayer.
Mercy is an 'active' or 'doing' charism and I have found myself arranging flowers or feeding / clothing / befriending people to relieve their suffering - the Holy Spirit empowers me with this charism to do whatever is necessary to help the person in need. He somehow manages to match the medicine/balm to the ailment in a truly astounding way!