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Friday, February 12, 2010

World Day of the Sick

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11, has become the Church’s World Day of the Sick, because the Blessed Virgin Mary instructed St. Bernadette in 1858 to drink from a stream that has been flowing ever since.  Those who are sick come to Lourdes to ask Mary to intercede on their behalf as they bathe in the stream.

Most of us can remember how our mother took care of us when we were sick.  Many had home remedies that were used to combat colds, flu, headache or stomach ache.  Prayers to get well and prayers for others who were sick were directed to the Blessed Mother.

This is a time to thank those who take care of the sick at home or in hospitals or nursing homes.  It is a moment to turn again to Mary with our many illnesses—physical, emotional, spiritual—and ask for her help.

Cardinal Francis George, OMI

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