Diocese of Macau
February 11, 2018
In the liturgical feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Church proposes a special day of prayer of our sick brothers and sisters. Pope Francis, in his message for this day, reminds us that “the Church’s service to the sick and those who care for them must continue with renewed vigor, in fidelity to the Lord’s command and following the eloquent example of her Founder and Master.”
The theme for this year’s Day of the Sick is provided by the words that Jesus spoke from the Cross to Mary, his Mother, and to John: “‘Woman, behold your son … Behold your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” (Jn 19:26-27). Jesus’ words are the source of Mary’s maternal vocation for all humanity. Mary was to be, in particular, the Mother of her Son’s disciples, caring for them in their journey through life. The Church’s maternal vocation to the needy and to the sick has found concrete expression throughout the two thousand years of her history. This history of dedication must not be forgotten, it continues to the present day throughout the world.
To Mary, Mother of tender love, we wish to entrust all those who are ill in body and soul, that she may sustain them in hope. We ask her also to help us to be welcoming to our sick brothers and sisters. May she help the sick to experience their suffering in communion with the Lord Jesus; and may she support all those who care for them.”
The full text of the message can be found at:
All the Parishes are encouraged to organize the celebration of the Anointing of the Sick, inviting the sick or elderly to participate. For that, volunteers can help with the service of transporting and welcoming those brothers and sisters. Please inform the Parish and in case their participation in the celebration is not possible, the information will serve as reference for a home visit.