Jesus said, "I came so that they might have life
and have it more abundantly.
I am the good shepherd....and I know mine and mine know me,
just as the Father knows me
and I know the Father;
and I will lay down my life for the sheep. (John 10: 10-15)
The ministry of pastoral care is a compassionate presence in imitation of Jesus' care of people, especially those who were hurting and in need.