The Institute of the Incarnate Word, which seeks to be another extension of the Incarnation of the Word, "to embody all that is authentically human" (Constitutions, 36), humbly wishes through works of mercy:
a.To go on revealing the merciful love of God for mankind, and the Incarnation through all kind of work of charity to relieve many miseries of modern men. In fact, by the witness of charity many brothers know God: "that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven" (Mt 5:16).
b. To Love God showing a concrete love for the brothers, as it is the only possible mean to love God, as Jesus Christ said: "who says he loves God and does not love his brothers, is a liar "(1 Jn 4:20).
So, we want to follow the footsteps of the Incarnate Word, who came to redeem us from sin, He pitied even the wounds that this caused in us, and healed men of their physical and spiritual misery. This gave a convincing proof of his mercy and his love for the Father.
To sum up, our attitude in the so called "corporal" works of charity should be like in this exhortation of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta: "We are not here for work, we are here first of all for Jesus since we are religious, not assistants... social operators, teachers, nurses, doctors. we serve Jesus in the poor and everything we do is for Him. Our life has no other meaning. This is something that many do not understand. We serve Jesus twenty four hours a day and He gives us the strenght. We love the poor and the poor with him, but the Lord always comes first".
Some works of mercy of our Religious Family are:
• Orphanages and "family homes".
• Homes for the disabled.
• Apostolate in prisons.