Here are some ways to practice mercy every day of the year:
Resist sarcasm; it is the antithesis of mercy: “”Set, O Lord, a guard over my mouth; keep watch, O Lord, at the door of my lips!” (Psalm 141:3)
Pare down possessions. Share your things with the needy.
Call someone who you know is lonely, even if you understand why they’re lonely. Especially if you do.
Do something kind and helpful for someone who you don’t get along with, or who has wronged you.
Be generous enough to allow someone to help you. People want to feel needed.
If you didn’t mean to be a pain in the neck to someone, admit you were and ask the person to forgive you.
Take a tip from Cardinal Timothy Dolan and carry around $5 Starbucks and McDonald's gift cards for the homeless.
Send a card, flowers, gift or note to someone on the six-month anniversary of his or her loved one's death. By then, most people have stopped recognizing their grief.