Doing good without expecting anything in return. This is what the Father did with us and we must do the same. Do good and carry on! (Pope Francis, Audience, 15 September 2014).

Following up on Pope Francis’ announcement of the Year of Mercy, some people are actually doing something about it.

In the video above – the first of a series called Just Start: Ways to Help People – a Brazilian plastic surgeon works for free to enable a severely burned young girl to resume normal life. He says the physician is a “point of contact with love” for a suffering person.

And a former municipal employee in Germany helps young immigrant men to get their paperwork in order and land good jobs.

Both are among a variety of people around the world inspired by the recently-beatified Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, who encouraged many such initiatives.

Just two examples of what is surely a lot of hidden “works of mercy” happening every day.

Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is the former deputy editor of MercatorNet