By Kathleen Owen, Coordinator of Care and Wellness

Jesus shared his divine gift of healing with so many people. In our readings today, he healed Simon’s mother instantly.  Many of you are trained in the healing arts and share in the wonder of watching those who are ill regain their health.  But everyone has the power within to help heal or lift someone’s spirit.

The first grade children at TFS have been making cards and art work to be shared with our Hospital Visitation Ministry, our Eucharistic Ministry to the Homebound, to Rex Hospital and to Abbotswood, Magnolia Glen, Springmoor and The Meadows.  It’s hard to imagine how much such acts of kindness can mean to someone who doesn’t feel well.  Recently I was taking the Eucharist to the Catholic patients at Rex Hospital. I gave one of our bird cards to a gentleman and he seemed quite pleased. The following week, he was still in Rex, but he had changed rooms. As I prepared to leave his room, I noticed that the bird we had given him the week before was clipped to the blinds in his new room!

Each week, our ministers visit so many folks to take the Eucharist to them or to visit and offer friendship and prayer. I invite everyone, man, woman and child, to take a moment and write a card or color a picture to help brighten the day of someone. You can put your gift in one of the brightly wrapped boxes in the Stewardship Center or in Clare Hall. And thanks for sharing your healing gift!