The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy outline some of the ways we are called to serve the Lord: feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort the afflicted and so on. At times, we may be called to mighty deeds—ones that fix stubborn problems, right systems of injustice or even save lives. More often, though, our acts of service are unimaginably small. We are called to listen, pray, be present and attend to the needs of others. Many of these actions will go unnoticed. We may not perceive their impact. We may even wonder if they matter at all. True servanthood, however, means applying ourselves to the task before us without any tangible reward—maybe even without a sense of accomplishment. It is washing what will get dirty again and keeping company with people who will not remember us. It is performing small tasks with love and humility as often as the Lord puts them before us.
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