I am a professor at a well-known law school in Madrid. I am not a very practicing Catholic, but I do believe. Not long ago my wife discovered that she had a malignant melanoma, and the doctors said she needed surgery right away. As you will see, however, in the end, she never set foot in an operating room.
"Children. The Sick. — As you write these words, don't you feel tempted to use capitals? The reason is that in children and in the sick a soul in love sees Him." The Novena for the Sick, with many quotes from St. Josemaria's writings, encourages accepting suffering with a Christian spirit, uniting it to Christ's passion and death, and asks God for a cure if such be his will.