Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and it also marks the World Day of the Sick, which was instituted by Saint John Paul II nearly three decades ago.
On this occasion, let us prayerfully remember all those who suffer from physical or mental illnesses. May Mary, Our Blessed Mother, hold them in her loving embrace and may Our Lord pour his bountiful mercy upon them.
Let this day also inspire in each of us a deeper commitment for respect for human life from conception to natural death.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!