The Holy See Press Office has released Pope Francis’s message for the 24th World Day of the Sick, which will take place next February 11, the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes.
The theme of the message is “Entrusting Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary: ‘Do whatever he tells you.’”
“Illness, above all grave illness, always places human existence in crisis and brings with it questions that dig deep,” Pope Francis wrote in the message. “Our first response may at times be one of rebellion: Why has this happened to me? We can feel desperate, thinking that all is lost, that things no longer have meaning.”
In these situations, faith in God is on the one hand tested, yet at the same time can reveal all of its positive resources. Not because faith makes illness, pain, or the questions which they raise, disappear, but because it offers a key by which we can discover the deepest meaning of what we are experiencing; a key that helps us to see how illness can be the way to draw nearer to Jesus who walks at our side, weighed down by the Cross. And this key is given to us by Mary, our Mother, who has known this way at first hand.
By Catholic World News