Posts Tagged ‘World Day of the Sick’

World Day of the Sick 2018

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

The Gospels recount many examples of Jesus as a healer, and for two millennia the Church has continued his ministry of love, compassion and healing to those who are ill, infirm, disabled and vulnerable. For example, the Book of Acts tells how people brought the sick to the Apostles (5:15) and according to tradition, Saint […] [Read more]

World Day of the Sick in Year of Mercy

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Fittingly, the Church celebrates the World Day of the Sick each year on February 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, as a reminder not only of that holy place of physical and spiritual healing where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared, but also of her role in leading us to Jesus, who brings us […] [Read more]

Seeing our Sick Sisters and Brothers with Wisdom of the Heart

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Saint John Paul II began his momentous encyclical on the God-given dignity of all human life by noting, “The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message” (Evangelium Vitae, 1). Warning of growing threats to human life at its beginning and last stages through legalized abortion and euthanasia, with the term “quality of […] [Read more]

Let Us Be Children of Light

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Death is inevitable yet we instinctively seek to avoid it, especially if we envision a lingering and painful death. The losses and changes associated with the progression of a terminal illness often contribute to psychological and spiritual distress that may lead to despair. The care available today, though, including both compassionate spiritual support as well […] [Read more]

With a Loving Heart, Seeing the Face of Christ in the Sick

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

It is very appropriate that we celebrate World Day of the Sick today on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  From the very beginning, when young Saint Bernadette Soubirous reported the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the grotto of Massabielle, Lourdes has been known for cures that defy medical explanation.  Since that […] [Read more]

World Day of the Sick

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Just as the recent Catholic Schools Week reminded us of how the work of Christ the Teacher unfolds every day in our classrooms, World Day of the Sick, which we observe today, reminds us of the importance of carrying out the work of Christ the Healer. Beginning in 1992, Blessed John Paul II designated February […] [Read more]