"To all those who assist the sick and suffering I express my confident hope
that they will draw inspiration from Mary, the Mother of Mercy. "May the
sweetness of her countenance watch over us in this Holy Year, so that all of us
may rediscover the joy of God's tenderness" (Misericordiae Vultus,24), allow it to
dwell in our hearts and express it in our actions! Let us entrust to the Virgin Mary our
trials and tribulations, together with our joys and consolations. Let us beg her to turn
her eyes of mercy towards us, especially in times of pain, and make us worthy
of beholding, today and always, the merciful face of her Son Jesus!
With this prayer for all of you, I send my Apostolic Blessing." - Pope Francis,
(Full text of Letter for XXIV World Day of Sick, 2016 - BELOW)
It is a continuation of Jesus’ healing miracles. Many who visit
with renewed faith and a readiness to more generously serve God.
There still may be people who doubt the apparitions of
that can be said are the words that introduce the film, Song of Bernadette:
"For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary.
For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible."
Only known picture of St Bernadette at the Grotto
(taken after the apparitions of 1858)
and especially the sick and suffering!