October Mercy Action: "Visit the Sick"
Each month during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Archbishop Listecki would like us to focus on a different Work of Mercy. The month of October has been dedicated to Visiting the Sick, which is one of the Corporal Works of Mercy.
Visit the Sick Luke 10: 33-34. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them.Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him. Catechism 1509 "Heal the sick!"(2 Cor. 12:9; Col 1:24)
The Church has received this charge from the Lord and strives to carry it out by taking care of the sick as well as by accompanying them with her prayer of intercession. She believes in the life-giving presence of Christ, the physician of souls and bodies. This presence is particularly active through the sacraments, and in an altogether special way through the Eucharist, the bread that gives eternal life and that St. Paul suggests is connected with bodily health. (Mt 10:8)
Research the theology and development of the Catholic sacrament "anointing of the sick."
Invite a hospice chaplain to address your group.
Plan a household activity in which each member can be involved in outreach to a sick person in need of attention.
Volunteer at a local hospital or skilled nursing facility