the Catholic Physician
Divine Physician, who in your earthly life showed special concern
for those who suffer and entrusted to your disciples the ministry of
healing, make us ever ready to alleviate the trials of our brethren.
Make each one of us, aware of the great mission that is entrusted to
him, strive always to be, in the performance of daily service, an
instrument of your merciful love. Enlighten our minds, guide our
hands, make our hearts diligent and compassionate. Ensure that in
every patient we know how to discern the features of your divine
You who are the Way,
provide us with the gift of knowing how to imitate you every day as
medical doctors not only of the body but of the whole person,
helping those who are sick to tread with trust their own earthly
path until the moment of their encounter with You.
You who are the Truth, provide us with the gift of wisdom and
science in order to penetrate the mystery of the human person and
their transcendent destiny as we draw near to them in order to
discover the causes of their maladies and find suitable remedies.
You who are the Life, provide us with the gift of preaching and
bearing witness to the 'Gospel of life' in our profession,
committing ourselves to defending it always, from conception to its
natural end, and to respect the dignity of every human being, and
especially the dignity of the weakest and the most in need.
Make us O Lord, Good Samaritans, ready to welcome, treat, and
console those we encounter in our work. Following the example of the
holy medical doctors who have preceded us, help us to offer our
generous contribution to the constant renewal of health care
Bless our studies and our profession, enlighten our research and our
teaching. Lastly, grant to us, having constantly loved and served
You in our suffering brethren, that at the end of our earthly
pilgrimage we may contemplate your glorious countenance and
experience the joy of the encounter with You in your Kingdom of joy
and everlasting peace.
The Vatican, 29 June 2000
John Paul II
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