CDM Penang celebrates Day of Prayer for the Sick

A Day of Prayer for the Sick was held on August 25 at the Church of Divine Mercy (CDM). The infirm and the immobile, their ages ranging from 5 to 92 years, came in their wheelchairs, hobbling on walking sticks or carried on stretchers to place before God their needs for physical, emotional and spiritual healing.

Sep 14, 2018

By Ng Wai Queen
A Day of Prayer for the Sick was held on August 25 at the Church of Divine Mercy (CDM). The infirm and the immobile, their ages ranging from 5 to 92 years, came in their wheelchairs, hobbling on walking sticks or carried on stretchers to place before God their needs for physical, emotional and spiritual healing. They were warmly welcomed by the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC), the main hosts for the day, and were ushered to their seats in the front pews of the church.

In his greeting, parish priest, Fr Martin Arlando, reminded us that Jesus can heal us only if we surrender our doubts, lack of faith and place our trust in him completely. So often, we concentrate so much on ourselves and all that is wrong with us when, instead, we should be focusing on Jesus whose name alone holds so much power. We need to believe in the power of that name and we need to have faith that Jesus wants to heal us of our sickness.

The sick must not think of themselves as being a burden to their family and caregivers. They should, instead, be aware of how closely linked they are to Jesus through the Stations of the Cross. Fr Martin explained that a careful reflection on the Stations of the Cross will reveal that the story of each Station is actually our personal story, as our sufferings are similar to Jesus’ sufferings.

For example, isn’t sickness a heavy cross on our shoulders, similar to the heavy cross that was placed on Jesus’ shoulders at the second Station? Just like Jesus, we must carry our crosses forward and, just as he did, we will also fall due to our fear and our tendency to give up easily. As we carry our crosses, we will meet people along the way who help us (just as Jesus was helped by Veronica and Simon of Cyrene). We will also meet people who experience the pain of helplessness because they are unable to help us (cf. Jesus meeting his mother). Fr Martin reminded the sick that they had an important role to play by praying for others whose situations are similar to their own.

He also reminded them that, in the Sacrament of Anointing, it is Jesus who is laying hands on them. Fr Martin then went up to each sick person, anointing 48 Catholics and blessing two non-Catholics.

After Mass, all those who had been anointed or blessed received candles, encased in a glass holder. Everyone then proceeded to the Faustina Hall for a hearty brunch served up by the EMHCs. Several people commented on the celebration, saying that they had experienced feelings of happiness and inner peace during the Mass.

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