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Beautiful young couple holding hands, love, lifestyle-conceptI was completely unaware until just a little while ago that today is World Day of the Sick — a commemoration instituted by St. John Paul II. It takes place each year on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

St. John Paul wrote in his letter instituting the commemoration, that today should be, “a special time of prayer and sharing, of offering one’s suffering for the good of the Church and of reminding everyone to see in his sick brother or sister the face of Christ who, by suffering, dying, and rising, achieved the salvation of mankind.”

It’s so comforting knowing that people all across the world, today, will be praying for those who are suffering and in pain — including me. Maybe including you too?

Pain is hard to vocalize, difficult to share, and sometimes feels like a cross that’s just too heavy to carry. And no one will go through life and completely miss this cross. It’s universal, and we’re not meant to carry it alone.

Today, let’s remember our responsibility as sisters in Christ to spend time with those that are suffering, to give them our affection, to comfort them and remind them of their worth and value — regardless of the quality of their life. Let’s pray for them, too.

And if you’re the one that’s suffering, know that God doesn’t waste anything.

“Even the most painful, bewildering circumstances can produce a life of beauty and grace if we allow them to be molded by His creative hands.” (Ann Spangler).

You can read Pope Francis’ reflection on World Day of the Sick here.