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Mercy in the City : How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job
by Kerry Weber


Overview - When Jesus asked us to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, and visit the imprisoned, he didn't mean it literally, right? Kerry Weber, a modern, young, single woman in New York City sets out to see if she can practice the Corporal Works of Mercy in an authentic, personal, meaningful manner while maintaining a full, robust, regular life.  Read more...

 
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Overview
When Jesus asked us to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, and visit the imprisoned, he didn't mean it literally, right? Kerry Weber, a modern, young, single woman in New York City sets out to see if she can practice the Corporal Works of Mercy in an authentic, personal, meaningful manner while maintaining a full, robust, regular life. Weber, a lay Catholic, explores the Works of Mercy in the real world, with a gut-level honesty and transparency that people of urban, country, and suburban locales alike can relate to. "Mercy in the City" is for anyone who is struggling to live in a meaningful, merciful way amid the pressures of "real life."
For those who feel they are already overscheduled and too busy, for those who assume that they are not "religious enough" to practice the Works of Mercy, for those who worry that they are alone in their efforts to live an authentic life, "Mercy in the City" proves that by living as people for others, we learn to connect as people of faith.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780829438925
  • ISBN-10: 0829438920
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publish Date: January 2014
  • Page Count: 153


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Books > Religion > Christian Life - Social Issues
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-02-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

Though titled "how to," Weber's first book is really a reflection on mercy in modern life. Weber, managing editor of America magazine, takes on the seven corporal works of mercy—traditional religious duties such as feeding the hungry and burying the dead—as a practice during Lent, a convenient framework for the book. Each short, easy-to-read chapter contains a Lenten experience and a lesson learned from it, from volunteering in a homeless shelter to visiting a prison. In the book, she goes from breadline to daily Mass, sponsors a woman joining the Catholic Church, and makes a public commitment to Catholicism by becoming a Mercy Associate, a lay minister. As a young single woman living in New York, though, she also jokes about dating during Lent and is candid about her doubts and failures. Weber's insistence that she isn't a perfect Catholic may seem exaggerated to some, but young Catholics concerned with social justice may relate to the guilt she feels for not doing more. She learns, after all, that the works of mercy are not a to-do list, easily explained in a how-to manual, but a way of life. (Feb.)

 
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