Our Lady of Lourdes and World Day of the Sick
World Day of the Sick
The World Day of the Sick is celebrated every year on February 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. This year the Holy Father requests Christian Communities to help the family of sick children.
“There are children who have been injured in body and mind by wars, and other innocent victims of the mindless hatred of adults. There are street children who are denied the warmth of family life and left to themselves, and minors profaned by sordid individuals who wish to violate their innocence, inflicting psychological wounds which will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Nor must we forget the countless minors who die of thirst, hunger and lack of healthcare, and the young exiles who emigrate from their own land with their parents in search of better living conditions. All these children raise a silent cry of pain that appeals to our conscience as human beings and believers.
“The Christian community, which cannot remain indifferent in the face of such dramatic situations, feels the pressing duty to intervene”, adds the Pope. “My hope, then, is that the World Day of the Sick may give parish and diocesan communities the opportunity to become ever more aware of being the ‘family of God’, encouraging them … to make manifest the love of the Lord Who asks that ‘within the ecclesial family no member should suffer through being in need'”.