Pope Francis lives his Petrine ministry close the
faithful. This is particularly clear with regards to those who, for one
reason or another, live on the margins, such as the sick, who hold a special
place in the Argentinian pope's preaching.
This work is a collection of Pope Francis' most significant words to the
sick. It is a series of valuable reflections, considerations, and prayers
taken from his speeches, messages, homilies and Angeluses over a period of about
four years, from his election to the See of Peter to June 2017. Thanks to
the pope's spontaneity, his attention to the weakest, and his simple yet
effective language, his careful consideration for the sick leaves an impression
on the hearts of people and acts as a balm and a sign of hope that opens the
hearts of readers to the fervent love of God the Father.
Time spent with the sick is holy time. It is a way of
praising God who conforms us to the image of his Son, who "did not come to be
served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mt