From Carol Thornton,
Director of Liturgy and Pastoral Care . . . . . .
The World Day of the Sick is a feast day of the Roman Catholic Church which was instituted on May 13,1992 by Pope John Paul II. It was first celebrated on February 11, 1993, it is celebrated every year on this date which commemorates Our Lady of Lourdes. This day is an opportunity to reflect in particular on the needs of the sick and, more generally, of all those who suffer.
In Pope Francis’ message for the feast day this year he reflects:
“Like Saint Bernadette, we stand beneath the watchful gaze of Mary. The humble maiden of Lourdes tells us that the Virgin, whom she called ‘the Lovely Lady’, looked at her as one person looks at another. Those simple words describe the fullness of a relationship. Bernadette, poor, illiterate, and ill, felt that Mary was looking at her as a person. The Lovely Lady spoke to her with great respect and without condescension. This reminds us that every person is, and always remains, a human being, and is to be treated as such. The sick and the those who are disabled, even severely, have their own inalienable dignity and mission in life. They never become simply objects. If at times they appear merely passive, in reality that is never the case.”
On this 25th World Day of the Sick, may we find new incentive to work for the growth of a culture that respects life and the well being of all. May this day also inspire a renewed effort to defend the integrity and dignity of persons, not least through a correct approach to bioethical issues and the protection of the vulnerable.
Please join us at the 8:00 am daily Mass at St. Nicholas on Saturday, February 11 as we join for Eucharist and prayer on the World Day of the Sick. After the homily, the priest will invite those who are in need of the grace of God’s healing for physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual reasons to come forward and be anointed with the Oil of the Sick.