You might think that, with my personal history, I’d be a great fan of today’s feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, but I have to admit that I’m not. It isn’t that I don’t love Our Lady — I do — nor that I am indifferent to Lourdes, but somehow the shrine at Holywell fits better with my way of understanding things, and the Rule of St Benedict helps me further. St Benedict has a lot to say about the care of the sick and the reciprocity that should exist between carer and cared-for. I like the fact that he includes the wayward and the weak among those he thinks of as being in need of healing. It takes us away from too narrow a definition of sickness, and it prevents even the youngest and strongest among us from thinking of the sick as being everyone but themselves!
Over the week-end we received numerous requests for prayer for the sick, some of them heart-breaking. No matter how busy you are today, please spare a moment or two to pray for them. Pray as one of the sick yourself, and you will discover that you are being healed, too.