On this 27th World Day of the Sick, Michigan Mission Integration is proud to extend our heartfelt thanks to all who serve as dedicated and compassionate caregivers to the patients who entrust us with their health.
In his annual message*, Pope Francis described life as a gift from God that could not be reduced to a personal possession or private property. He emphasized that “caring for the sick requires professionalism, tenderness, straightforward and simple gestures freely given, like a caress that makes others feel loved.”
Citing Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta as a model of charity who made God’s love for the poor and sick visible, Pope Francis continued:
“In all aspects of her life she was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defense of human life, of those unborn and those abandoned and discarded…. She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity.”
Pope Francis extended his thanks to Catholic health care institutions for their service, underscoring their call “to give an example of self-giving, generosity and solidarity” in all they do.
Michigan Mission Integration affirms the pope’s message. We are proud to serve together with you in continuing the healing ministry of Jesus throughout Trinity Health Michigan. Thank you for the many ways in which you live our values with our patients, families, colleagues and communities every day.
*Source: Bordoni, Linda. (2019). World Day of the Sick: Pope calls for a culture of generosity. Vatican News, January 08, 2019.