Sts. Cosmos and Damian (d.303)
for September 26
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Saints Cosmos and Damian have important lessons for us today. In addition to the courage and faith exemplified through their martyrdom, their lives highlight the importance of emulating every facet of Jesus' life. As physicians devoted to providing free medical care for the poor, Cosmos and Damian followed Jesus' example of healing the sick and poor. Today, in our society, we constantly debate the extent to which we should provide free assistance for the poor and sick. The lives of Saints Cosmos and Damian settle the debate loudly and clearly.
Dear Jesus, heal me of all physical, emotional, and spiritual afflictions. Please help to create a world in which all of the poor and sick are adequately cared for.