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World Day of the Sick - “We Ought to Lay Down Our Lives for One Another”

Cheridan Sanders

February 11, 2014
Nun comforts patient in South Sudan
The incarnate Son of God did not remove illness and suffering from human experience but by taking them upon himself he transformed them and gave them new meaning. New meaning because they no longer have the last word which, instead, is new and abundant life; transformed them, because in union with Christ they need no longer be negative but positive. Pope Francis
Today we mark the Twenty-second World Day of the Sick which is celebrated every year on the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. This year's theme is Faith and Charity: “We Ought to Lay Down Our Lives for One Another” (1 Jn 3:16). In this year's message Pope Francis reflects on the suffering of Christ as giving meaning and dignity to all human suffering. Read more here.
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