World Day of the Sick

God of healing and compassion, You shower us with your infinite care, and comfort all in pain and affliction.

Look with abundant mercy on all who suffer in body, mind or spirit. Grant healing and hope to the sick, the wounded and the dying in their darkest hours, so they may witness the power of Your Healing Presence in the world.

We thank you, gracious God, for all those who have contributed to the mission of Catholic health care for more than 200 years in the United States. These are the women and men who inspire and inform the work we do every day.

May all who work in health care and all those who suffer with family and loved ones who are ill feel their burdens lightened through the intercession of our prayers.

We ask this, on the World Day of the Sick, through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, whose feast we celebrate today, and in the name of your Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.