White Mass gathers those in health care

Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde celebrated the ninth annual White Mass, named for the white coats physicians and other health care workers wear, at Marymount University Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Mary Oct. 18.

Although he celebrated the White Mass on a Sunday, the bishop used his authority to say the prayers of the Mass of St. Luke, patron saint of physicians.

In his homily, the bishop asked those gathered to keep their eyes and hearts fixed on Jesus Christ to become convincing "heralds of mercy," especially since Pope Francis has made 2016 the Jubilee Year of Mercy. He also cautioned not to wait to find time to pray, urging everyone to make time to pray.

Dr. Sheila Diamond presented a program after the Mass entitled, "The Poverty of Being Unwanted." She shared many of her experiences while working with Mother Teresa as they brought mercy to the destitute dying of Kolkata, India.

She shared insights she has gained over a lifetime of work, not only with Mother Teresa, but also in the fields of nursing, theology and bioethics.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015