World day of the sick 2022: History, theme, significance

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World day of the sick is a day introduced by Pope John Paul II to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses on every 11 February.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  • WORLD DAY OF THE SICK: HISTORY
  • WORLD DAY OF THE SICK 2022: THEME
  • WORLD DAY OF THE SICK: SIGNIFICANCE
  • QUOTE FOR THE WORLD DAY OF THE SICK

World day of the sick: History

Pope John Paul II was affected by Alzheimer’s disease in 1991 and after the diagnosis he decided to start a day for people who are suffering from any kind of sickness so that masses together pray for the wellbeing of them. The day falls on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and it is a pivotal celebration among people in the Catholic Health Ministry to cherish the humanity all around.

In 1992, Pope John Paul II initiated the world day of the sick to pray for individuals who are suffering along their caretakers. In his apostolic letter ‘’Salvifici Doloris’’, the Pope mentioned about the suffering and considered that it has been a retrieving process via Christ. The first World Day of the Sick was observed on February 11, 1993.

WORLD DAY OF THE SICK 2022: THEME

The theme for this year is “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (LK6:36): standing beside those who suffer on a path of charity.

WORLD DAY OF THE SICK: SIGNIFICANCE

This day signify the eternity of the humanity by expressing the prayer for the masses and share the feeling, sacrifice one’s suffering for the welfare of the church, and urging everyone to see the face of the Christ in his or her ailing brother or sister.

QUOTE FOR THE WORLD DAY OF THE SICK

The sick people ought to be assisted by believers and take care of them to spread generosity in the world.

“Those who care for the sick and give of themselves with generosity and straightforward love like St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta are amongst the church’s most loved”. Best wishes on World Day of the Regard.

No one should be afraid to regard themselves as needy or reliant on others because individually and by our own efforts we cannot overcome our limitations. Wish you a very happy World Day of the sick.

One can donate few hours to care the sick people. Their blessings will bring happiness in your family, joys in return.

Writing Credits: Monika Panwar