World Day of Sick


POPE'S MESSAGE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER


► Missionaries Through Prayer
Each year, the Church celebrates the "World Day of the Sick." On this day in particular, we focus on the redemptive value of human suffering and on the important role of those who are sick in the work of spreading the Gospel.

Whether your cross is your own illness, loneliness or pain, or that of a loved one, you have a special bond with Christ Crucified and also with the suffering people of the Missions and those who serve them. As you pray and offer your crosses, in union with Christ, as you pray and sacrifice on behalf of all who serve in the missionary work of the Church, may God in his mercy bless you with peace.

Photo: AIDS Orphans in Uganda, MISSIO

The pull of the call to be a missionary is great. This British lay volunteer works with the Missionaries of Charity in India. He left a promising career in banking to dedicate himself to those most in need of a representative of Christ’s love and care. The Sisters have taught him how to bathe the ill and how to dress their wounds.

More importantly, they have taught him how to be a presence to the most forgotten and lonely. This young man and many other faith-filled lay missionaries stay with the dying to the very end. They pray with them and help them to die so that they may live in the fullness of life in the Lord.

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