On this World AIDS Day, Brigidine Sisters join with people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of this pandemic.
Today offers an opportunity for all to spread awareness about the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care around the world.
It has become one of the most widely recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have died, give thanks for victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services, and to pray for all who continue to work to overcome this disease.
God of Promise, today we are mindful of our sisters and brothers suffering with HIV and AIDS. We ask your healing presence on millions of people living with the disease today; particularly the children who are infected or who have been orphaned by the disease.
Make of us a safe haven for those who are abandoned, discriminated against and rejected on account of their illness. Inspire us to speak out for a just distribution of health care and medical aid in all the places we live and for generosity in sharing our resources with those struggling under the weight of this epidemic.
As we begin our Advent weeks of waiting in hope to celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us remember those across the world who wait in hope for a cure. Amen.
(Adapted from a Catholic Health Care US Prayer)