"Unless souls are saved, nothing is saved; there can be no world peace unless there is soul peace. World wars are only projections of the conflicts waged inside the souls of modern men, for nothing happens in the external world that has not first happened within a soul."
This quote from Peace of Soul by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen clearly indicates man's need. Man is composed of body and soul. We see many organizations which have been founded to take care of the physical needs of the body. These organizations are a great blessing to individuals and to communities. But each man also has a soul that needs equal attention. Our purpose is to nourish the soul.
In his farewell address, George Washington said, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would the man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and cherish them. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government." (Discourses on the Apostles' Creed by Rev. Clement H. Crock, p.163)
By nourishing people's souls through conferences, retreat days, and other spiritual offerings, we are having a positive impact upon individuals in their personal lives and in their resulting outreach. Because these offerings are free, no one need ever be excluded due to lack of money. Also, one need not be Catholic to attend. We believe that Jesus Christ has the answers and that presenting the teachings of Jesus Christ brings much healing to hurting souls. We also believe that those touched spiritually at our conferences will see and fill a need for the corporal works of mercy within their own communities.
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in spiritual necessities (CCC #2447), those being focused on getting a soul to Heaven. The seven Spiritual Works of Mercy are:
- Admonish the sinner
- Instruct the ignorant
- Counsel the doubtful
- Comfort the sorrowful
- Bear wrongs patiently
- Forgive all injuries
- Pray for the living and the dead