Saint Peter's Square
- Wednesday, 10 June 2015 -
Pope reflects on illnesses during his general audience:
Families are the First Hospitals
In his weekly catechesis, Pope Francis reflected on illnesses, specifically on families who deal with a sick loved one, day in and day out.
Reflecting on the Gospel readings, the Pope said Jesus can heal all ills, but families, he explained, are the first hospitals. He then added that children should be taught to show solidarity early on, so they are not anesthetized before the suffering of the sick.
SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today we consider one of the conditions common to all families, namely, illness. Many times in the Gospels Jesus meets the sick and heals them. His desire to cure suffering is a central part of his ministry, coming even before observance of the law.
He sends his disciples to do the same, giving them the power to heal, and to draw close to the sick, touching their deepest wounds and bringing them peace. The illness of one person can be a severe trial for all family members. As followers of Christ, we are called to pray without ceasing for the sick and dying, and to support families where this is being experienced.
So too we must educate children to solidarity with the sick so that they are not anesthetized to the sufferings of others, but rather are capable of helping the ill and of living fully each human experience.
May we always give thanks to the Lord for the support of the Church shown to families in times of illness, especially between families themselves.”
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