This upcoming Sunday, February 11 is recognized globally as World Day of the Sick.
As such, the Most Reverend Francis Leo, Metropolitan Archbishop of Toronto has released a letter to the faithful saying, in part, “I wish to extend my prayers and personal closeness to all those in the Archdiocese of Toronto who may be ill, isolated or lonely. Be assured that our faith community is praying for you, asking for the comfort and consolation of Our Lord in your life each day.”
He continued by showing appreciation for all who care for those suffering, “We also give thanks for all those who have been called to the ministry of healing through our Catholic hospitals and health care organizations. Doctors, nurses, chaplains and support care workers and volunteers reflect the face of Christ in serving those living with ailments. I also express my gratitude to family members and friends who accompany the sick and the suffering through personal visits, ongoing care and most importantly, a prescription of friendship, love and presence.”
His Holiness Pope Francis also released a message titled, “It is not good that man should be alone”. Caring for the sick by caring for relationships.”
The Holy Father said that those who are ill, vulnerable and poor are at the heart of the Church, “they must also be at the heart of our human concern and pastoral attention. May we never forget this! And let us commend ourselves to Mary Most Holy, Health of the Sick, that she may intercede for us and help us to be artisans of closeness and fraternal relationships.”