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Feb 8, 2021

This is Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. February 11th marks the 29th World Day of the Sick, a day when we pray in a special way for the sick and suffering, and for their caregivers. Because of COVID-19, we see on the daily newscasts those struggling to breathe, unable to have family present, on the edge between life and death. We see the fatigue, the desperation, and the exasperation of medical personnel. Therefore, we entrust the sick to Jesus, to his healing love and ask him to grant them the bodily and spiritual help they need. As we pray this week for patients and health care workers, may we also remember those who are seriously ill from other ailments and for those who tirelessly care for them, often a family member or relative. In Our Lord’s short time on earth, he healed and comforted the sick, and consoled all in need—and continues to do so!