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Saturday, February 11, 2006
World Day of Prayer for the Sick

February 11th is the annual World Day for the Sick. After our nine-day novena to Our Lady of Lourdes, we arrive at the Feast of Our Lady under the title "Our Lady of Lourdes" today. Our Lady of Lourdes, patron of the sick, pray for us sinners.

Today please pray for the sick and if possible, visit them in a hospital or nursing home. Please continue to pray for the healing for our physical and spiritual illnesses, and may Our Lady of Lourdes, Mary Most Holy, join us in prayer to her Divine Son.


Almighty and Everlasting God, the eternal salvation of those who believe in You, hear us on behalf of Your servants who are sick, for whom we humbly beg the help of your mercy, so that, being restored to health, they may render thanks to you in your Church. Through Christ our Lord. Amen


Please read up on the many ways to gain a plenary indulgence today. Part of that document states the following on today's indulgences:
"[A] Plenary Indulgence will be granted "to the faithful who, under the usual conditions (sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Holy Father), and with the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin, participate on February 11 at the cathedral of Adelaide, or at any other place decided by the ecclesiastical authorities, in a sacred ceremony held to beseech God to grant the goals of the World Day of the Sick."

The decree continues: "The faithful who, in public hospitals or inprivate houses, like 'Good Samaritans' charitably assist the sick -especially those with mental problems who require greater patience, care and attention -and who, because of the service they provide, cannot participate in the aforementioned ceremony, will obtain the same gift of Plenary Indulgence if on that day they generously provide, at least for a few hours, their charitable assistance to the sick as if they were tending to Christ the Lord Himself,with the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin, and with the intention of observing, as soon as they can, the conditions required forobtainingthe Plenary Indulgence."

The faithful who, "through sickness, old age or similar reason, are prevented from participating in the aforementioned ceremony, may obtain the Plenary Indulgence if, with the soul completely removed from attachment to any form of sin and with the intention of observing, as soon as they can, the conditions required, they spiritually participate together with the Holy Father in the aforesaid ceremony, pray devotedly for the sick, and offer - through theVirgin Mary 'Health of the Sick' - their physical and spiritual sufferings to God."


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