February 12, 2015

World Day of the Sick: 'Time spent with the sick is holy time'

Editor: Today, 11 February, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, is World Day of the Sick. Today offers us an invitation to pray with those suffering with illness or frailty and an opportunity to give thanks for those who provide care to them. The title of our Feature this week—'Time spent with the sick is holy time'—comes from Pope Francis’ message for today. His message is linked to this item (below).


We invited some of our Sisters and Partners-in-ministry to share with us from their experiences of being engaged in the ministry of healing. In this week's issue of Mercy eNews (#607), linked here, you will read examples of traditional medical practices, complementary therapies and tools for wellness being used across the globe as Mercy people seek to give 'in the care of the sick, great tenderness above all things' (Catherine McAuley).

These stories are just some of the many ways Mercy works to bring healing and hope to people experiencing a time of suffering or frailty:

We welcome your story of your healing ministry for publication in a future edition of Mercy Enews.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image: 'Willing Hands', also known as 'Sisters of Mercy', painted in 1900. This painting hangs in the convent parlour at the Convent of Mercy Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, the first foundation made in Victoria by Ursula Frayne (1816-1885). The artist  was John Hennessy (1872-1943). He was based in Melbourne, Victoria and exhibited at the Victorian Art Society (1900-1915). In 1907 he designed the school crest for the Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy, the school opened by Ursula Frayne shortly after her arrival in 1857. Photo used with permission.

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