On the occasion of the World Day of the Sick, His Holiness Pope Francis has this message for us:
“What is needed is a personalized approach to the sick, not just of curing but also of caring, in view of an integral human healing. In experiencing illness, individuals not only feel threatened in their physical integrity, but also in the relational, intellectual, affective and spiritual dimensions of their lives. For this reason, in addition to therapy and support, they expect care and attention. In a word, love. At the side of every sick person, there is also a family, which itself suffers and is in need of support and comfort.”
“When you can no longer provide a cure, you will still be able to provide care and healing, through gestures and procedures that give comfort and relief to the sick.”
Please read the message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the World Day of the Sick 2020.
It was Pope John Paul II who began the observation of the World Day of the Sick on February 11th, as a route for devotees to offer prayers for those suffering from ailments.