|Mary's Grotto Shrine in St. Albert built as a model of Lourdes.|
We ask God to bless the work of our physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare workers, as well as those who serve through governance, administration and general support. We pray, too, for the chaplains who accompany the infirm with spiritual consolation; for the many priests who, while attending to their parochial duties, are also on-call day and night to respond to urgent sacramental needs; and for the numerous parishioners who volunteer to visit the sick and home-bound with Holy Communion.
|Grey Nuns Community Hospital is a Covenant Health facility.|
Finally, this day is an occasion for all of us to reflect upon our own spiritual health. In his 2019 Message for World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis praises the selfless generosity of those who volunteer in healthcare, and then turns the focus upon our own condition with this striking statement: "The joy of generous giving is a barometer of the health of a Christian." The good health of a Christian disciple is shown in selfless concern for others; the need for healing of the soul is manifest when we live only for ourselves.
|Covenant Health's Misericordia Hospital in West Edmonton.|
As we bring Christ's healing to the infirm, may his grace be a remedy as well for our own spiritual debility. As the Lord himself said, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick." (Luke 5:31) In one way or another, that's all of us. We find our healer in Christ.