Our Lady of Lourdes, Prayer for the Sick. Family Thought 11 February

Sickness is a normal part of family life. This they had always accepted and for many years the small illnesses were dealt with with some anxiety but with patience and confidence.  When their 16 year old developed multiple sclerosis it was very different. Fear, panic even, anger and impatience were stages the parents struggled through.  Her mom suggested they take the boy to Lourdes and even offered to pay and look after the other children.  It was an answer to the prayers of the whole extended family. There was no instant cure, but there was growth in faith and acceptance that God was in control and all would be well.   Discuss and share: How do we deal with sickness in our family.

Wherever he came in villages, cities or country they laid the sick in the market places and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his garment, and as many as touched it were made well. Mk 6:53-56.

Pope Francis. Each child has a place in God’s heart from all eternity’ once he or she is conceived the Creator’s eternal dream comes true. Parents need to ask God for the wisdom fully top know their children and to accept them as they are. AL 168-170

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