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Eyes to the blind
feet to the lame

· Pope Francis' message for the 23rd World Day of the Sick ·

Being “eyes to the blind” and “feet to the lame”, taken from the Book of Job (29:15), is the image Pope Francis used to describe the mission of those who live alongside the sick, giving freely of themselves, “taking care of others, being responsible for others”.

In a message for the 23rd World Day of the Sick, which will be celebrated on 11 February, the Pontiff spoke of “the wisdom of the heart” as “a way of seeing things infused by the Holy Spiritin the minds and the hearts of those who are sensitive to the sufferings of their brothers and sisters and who can see in them the image of God”. The Bishop of Rome highlighted in particular that to serve the suffering is a “great path of sanctification”, because “time spent with the sick is holy time” and is of “special value”, especially in an era in which “we are in such a rush; caught up as we are in a frenzy of doing, of producing”. Thus, in Francis' words, “charity takes time”. And we must remember that “true charity is a sharing which does not judge, which does not demand the conversion of others; it is free of that false humility which, deep down, seeks praise and is self-satisfied about whatever good it does”.

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