Father_KarlDear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This weekend we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. John Paul 2 designated February 11th her feast day as world day of the sick. On the weekend closest to the feast the sacrament of the anointing of the sick is offered in a lot of parishes.

I have had the privilege of visiting Lourdes three times. Every time I have been grateful for the good health that I have been blessed with. I have watched the countless volunteers wheel, push and carry people to the various events in Lourdes, the rosary, the blessed sacrament procession, the baths, Mass and many other events and marveled at their patience and faith. I have seen hope and resignation on countless faces, and have walked away with amazement at the miracle that is Lourdes and the countless shrines of Mary that bring hope and miracles every day. Every day I give thanks for the miracle of the incarnation and the miracle of a simple yes in Nazareth that gave us Jesus. Mary is our Mother and Jesus who performed that first miracle at Cana in Galilee, has used Mary to bring hope and joy to countless people.

As we celebrate the anointing of the sick let us remember the countless people who day in and out are there for the less fortunate and the sick in our societies. Let us pray for them and ask Mary to bless their ministry of care.

Our Lady of Lourdes refugee of the sick pray for us,

Let the Journey continue

Fr Karl