Illness & Grief

Illness, suffering and grief have always been among the gravest problems confronted in human life. In them we experience powerlessness, limitations, and finitude. Serious illness can lead to anguish and sometimes even despair, but it can also be a time of discerning the true value and meaning of life, a time of healing and forgiveness.

Christ's compassion toward the sick and his many healings of every kind of infirmity are a resplendent sign that "God has visited his people". His compassion toward all who suffer goes so far that he identifies himself with them: "I was sick and you visited me”.  His preferential love for the sick has not ceased through the centuries to draw the very special attention of Christians toward all those who suffer in body and soul. It is the source of tireless efforts to comfort them.

Christ invites his disciples to share in his ministry of compassion and healing.  "Heal the sick!" 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. (adapted from the Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Based on our teaching and honoring the dignity of every human person, we, Catholics believe no person should suffer the cross of aging, illness, or caregiving alone, or walk the path of grief unaccompanied.  In seeking to share in Jesus’ ministry of compassion, we offer access to supportive personal, pastoral, and life-affirming information and resources.

Aging, Illness & Grief Resources