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Sick urged to offer suffering to God

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By Christina Hermoso

A Catholic Church leader called on the sick and those who are suffering “to offer their condition generously to God.”

In his homily during the recent observance of the World Day of the Sick at the Manila Cathedral in Manila, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo reminded the faithful, particularly those who are sick and suffering, of the “gift of life. That even if we are suffering, God generously gave us our life. We should generously lift up our condition to Him,” the bishop said.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo (CBCP NEWS / ROY LAGARDE)

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo
(CBCP NEWS / ROY LAGARDE / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Instituted by Pope John Paull II on May 13, 1992, this year’s observance of the World Day of the Sick was held in Calcutta in India with the theme, “You received without payment; give without payment” (Mt. 10:08). Pope Francis’ message for the event centered on generosity.

“Let us emulate the generous heart of Mother Teresa who devoted her life serving the poor, the needy, and the sick. She did everything to make them feel the love of God for them,” Pabillo said. “Let us learn from her example, that we let others feel that God loves us and that He is always there for us,” he added.

Pabillo, likewise, prayed for caregivers and other individuals who are caring for the sick.

“May they be blessed with patience and perseverance as they care for the sick and the suffering. May the sick feel the hands of God in the hands of their caregivers,” Pabillo said.

The Church leader reminded the sick and those with body ills “to seek forgiveness for your sins. Sometimes, our physical illness stems from the lack of peace in our soul. Let us ask for forgiveness and forgive those who have wronged us,” he said.

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