The universal human experience of illness is a powerful time to recognize that suffering is redemptive and an opportunity to grow in holiness. We also recognize that healing is primarily a work of God, though many times this healing work comes to us in gratitude through the skilled hands of medical professionals, therapists, educators, clergy and others. Through illness and healing the Kingdom of God comes near to us (see Luke 10:9). Catholic healthcare professionals not only provide state-of-the-art, effective and ethical medical care but also accompany patients in their suffering and healing. They recognize the infinite soul and infinite value contained within the patients they treat.