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The Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel in Baton Rouge Louisiana

Today we take a time-out from our ZombieChurch™ theme to perform a Spiritual Work of Mercy. As most of my reader know, or at least those who reside in these 50 United States, the State of Louisiana has had some YUGE flooding. Actually, it has been the worst flooding in over 50 years.

What most of you dear readers will not know is that one of the locations that has been hit hardest is Baton Rouge. And as it just so happens, the Society of St. Pius X has a chapel that found itself 20 6 inches under water.

Furthermore, what most readers will also not know is that the SSPX Chapel in Baton Rouge is the home parish of a favorite blogger of mine, namely Damsel of the Faith. Her blog can be accessed here or can be found in the right hand margin of the Deus Ex Machina Blog.

Therefore, I am asking all my loyal readers, and not only… who enjoy reading the Spiritual Work of Mercy that is the Deus Ex Machina Blog, to perform a Corporal Work of Mercy and … shall we say….


Below is a re-production of the SSPX website page that spells out the situation in detail.

And finally, you dear reader would not feel at home visiting his blog if your humble blogger didn’t put something up to provide CONTEXT for that which I am asking you to do. So below the SSPX post, I have reposted the page from the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia that ‘splains why you should be doing that which I have kindly asked you to do.Below is the SSPX post… (see here)

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Fund Established for Louisiana Flood Support

Our bretheren in Louisiana have been patiently slogging through floodwaters to repair their parish and retrieve their property. Here’s how to help:


As we reported last week, the SSPX parishes in Louisiana have been hit with a flood that is a 500-year rarity.  Several of our parishioners suffered a total loss of home and property, another family lost all their belongings, and the Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel in Baton Rouge is uninhabitable.

The District House has set up an emergency fund to assist these families and the church to regain at least some sense of normalcy after this trying and difficult time.

Our faithful are encouraged to give – even a little – in order to provide temporal help to these good people, and to pray for their perseverance as they work through this cross they have been given.


For further information on the flood and the clean-up effort, we invite you to review the article posted last week: Historic Flooding Strikes SSPX Parish

We know that many of our families are large, and extra finances are a luxury – so it is with a grateful acknowledgement of this potential sacrifice and charity that we request help for our Louisiana faithful.

You know what you need to do!

Which brings me to the next order of business: MERCY.

Here is the New Advent entry for MERCY. I have included emphasis and added emphasis.

Please notice to interdependency on MERCY with JUSTICE and the REQUIREMENT of the “INVOLUNTARY” nature of the object of one MERCY.

After reading the below, please ask yourself, dear reader, what does MERCY have to do with FRANCISMERCY?

I will give you a hint: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

Please go read and see for yourself.

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Below is the New Advent reference page:

Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

Mercy as it is here contemplated is said to be a virtue influencing one’s will to have compassion for, and, if possible, to alleviate another’s misfortune. It is the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas that although mercy is as it were the spontaneous product of charity, yet it is to be reckoned a special virtue adequately distinguishable from this latter. In fact the Scholastics in cataloguing it consider it to be referable to the quality of justice mainly because, like justice, it controls relations between distinct persons. It is as they say ad alterum. Its motive is the misery which one discerns in another, particularly in so far as this condition is deemed to be, in some sense at least, involuntary. Obviously the necessity which is to be succoured can be either of body or soul. Hence it is customary to enumerate both corporal and spiritual works of mercy. The traditional enumeration of the corporal works of mercy is as follows:

  • To feed the hungry;
  • To give drink to the thirsty;
  • To clothe the naked;
  • To harbour the harbourless;
  • To visit the sick;
  • To ransom the captive;
  • To bury the dead.

The spiritual works of mercy are:

It will be seen from these divisions that the works of mercy practically coincide with the various forms of almsgiving. It is thus that St. Thomas regards them. The word alms of course is a corruption of the Greek eleemosyne (mercy). The doing of works of mercy is not merely a matter of exalted counsel; there is as well a strict precept imposed both by the natural and the positive Divine law enjoining their performance. That the natural law enjoins works of mercy is based upon the principle that we are to do to others as we would have them do to us.

The Divine command is set forth in the most stringent terms by Christ, and the failure to comply with it is visited with the supreme penalty of eternal damnation (Matthew 25:41): “Then he shall say to them also that shall be on his left hand: Depart from me, you cursed, in everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels.

The rest of the entry can be read here.