May 23 St. John Baptist Rossi

Dear sick people, I call upon you to address a thought of fervent devotion to Mary, the joy of our hearts, the consoler of all those who suffer. Even if we are tried by pain, we cannot but rejoice in our God, who has clothed us with the garments of salvation and with the robes of righteousness (cf. Is. 61:10), in order to be able to change our suffering into a loving offer, in imitation of our Lady, the co-redeemer. May Mary nourish in you sentiments of sincerity and hope, and may she strengthen also the blessing, which I impart upon you from the bottom of my heart.

-St. John Paul II


Our Lady of Lourdes

O Immaculate Virgin Mary, you are the refuge of sinners, the health of the sick, and the comfort of the afflicted. By appearing at the Grotto of Lourdes you made it a privileged sanctuary where your favors are given to people streaming to it from the whole world. Over the years countless sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities—whether of soul, mind, or body.

Therefore I come with limitless confidence to implore your motherly intercession. Loving Mother, obtain the grant of my requests. Let me strive to imitate your virtues on earth so that I may one day share your glory in heaven.