27th World Day of the Sick • 11 February
This year the World Day of the Sick was held in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India. Kolkata is associated with St. Teresa of Calcutta, who came in 1929 and founded her own Missionaries of Charity order in 1950 for the poor and the abandoned.
Pope Francis says that those who care for the sick and give of themselves with generosity and straightforward love, like St. Teresa of Calcutta, are amongst the Church’s most credible evangelizers.
Do not hesitate to love and to love deeply. You might be afraid of the pain that deep love can cause. When those you love deeply reject you, leave you or die, your heart will be broken. But that should not hold you back from loving deeply. The pain that comes from deep love makes your love even more fruitful. It is like a plough that breaks the ground to allow the seed to take root and grow into a strong plant. Every time you experience the pain of rejection, absence, or death, you are faced with a choice. You can become bitter and decide not to love again, or you can stand straight in your pain and let the soil on which you stand become richer and more able to give life to new seeds.
– Henri Nouwen