As we draw to a close this day I could not conclude without remembering the millions in our world who have died of this deadly disease. Although we are facing the worst health crisis in 100 years with the rapid spread of the corona virus there are still many in our nation living with the HIV virus and fighting Aids. The advances in HIV and Aids treatment is remarkable. With medication treatment has also become prevention. With so many youth and young adults becoming infected particularly in the African American community Aids awareness and prevention must remain a priority.
There is still no cure for HIV and there is no vaccine. We cannot settle for pills to keep people alive, rather further research and study must continue to find a cure and a vaccine for this deadly disease. We pray for those we’ve lost and we remember them, but we also love and support those who’ve survived, those living with the virus and those who educate to keep knowledge at the forefront of not only our minds but at the heart of our nation.
PRAYER FOR WORLD AIDS DAY
World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st of December each year. It is an opportunity for people worldwide,and especially the men and women in Catholic health ministry who have served those living with HIV/AIDS, to unite in the fight against HIV, to continue to show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
And so we pray …
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 this country and for generosity in sharing our resources with those struggling under the weight of this epidemic overseas.
As we begin our Advent celebration of waiting in hope for the birth of your Son, let us remember those across the world who wait in hope for a cure. Amen.