25th World Day of the Sick: February 11, 2017
The World Day of the Sick was instituted by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1992 as a special time of prayer and sharing and of offering one’s suffering. Each year it is recognized on Feb. 11, the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes, recalling a series of 18 appearances that the Blessed Virgin Mary made to a 14-year-old French peasant girl, Saint Bernadette Soubirous, in the year 1858.
We pray for the needs of the sick and of all those who suffer — the poor, the infirm, the outcast, the marginalized. We pray for those who provide care and assist the sick—family members, health workers and volunteers—that they may accompany the infirm and show them the love of God made manifest in human hands and hearts. With Pope Francis we pray to Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, that she may obtain for us from Christ her Son, hope, responsibility, commitment, gratitude and joy:
Mary, our Mother,
In Christ you welcome each of us as a son or daughter.
Sustain the trusting expectation of our hearts,
help us in our infirmities and sufferings,
and guide us to Christ, your Son and our brother.
Help us to entrust ourselves to the Father who accomplishes great things. Amen.
–Catholic Health Association