Posted in MORNING Prayers, The HOLY NAME

The Wonders of the Holy Name – Fr Paul O’Sullivan, O.P. – “Revealing the Simplest Secret Ever of Holiness and Happiness.” Part Five – 14 July

Previous Posts here:

St. Alexander and the Pagan Philosophers.

During the reign of the Emperor Constantine,
the Christian Religion was constantly and rapidly
making progress.
In Constantinople itself the Pagan Philosophers
felt much aggrieved at seeing many of their adepts
deserting the old religion and joining the new.
They pleaded with the Emperor himself, demanding
that in justice they should get a hearing and
be allowed to hold a public conference with the
Bishop of the Christians.   Alexander, who at the
time ruled the See of Constantinople, was a holy
man but not a keen logician.
He did not, for that fear to meet the representative
of the pagan Philosophers who was an astute
dialectician and an eloquent orator.   On the
appointed day before a vast assembly of learned
men the Philosopher began a carefully prepared
attack on the Christian teaching.   The Holy
Bishop listened for some time and then pronounced
the Name of Jesus which at once confounded the
Philosopher who not only completely lost the
thread of his discourse but was utterly unable,
even with the aid of his colleagues, to return to
the attack.

St Christina
St Christina a young Christian girl was a slave
in Kurdistan, a region almost entirely pagan.
It was the custom in that country when a child
was gravely ill that the mother should take it in her
arms to the houses of her friends and ask them
if they knew of any remedy that might benefit or
cure the little one.   On one of these occasions a
mother brought her sick child to the boys where
Christina lived,
On being asked if she knew of a remedy for that
sickness she looked at the child and said:
“Jesus, Jesus”.
On the instant the dying child smiled and leapt
with joy.   It was completely cured.
This extraordinary fact became soon known and
reached the ears of the Queen who herself was an
invalid.   She gave orders that Christina should be
brought to her presence.
On arriving at the Palace the royal patient
asked her if she could with the same remedy cure
her disordet:  which had baffled the skill of the
physicians.   Once more Christina pronounced with
great confidence:  “Jesus, Jesus”. and again this
divine Name was glorified.   The Queen instantly
recovered her health.
A third wonder was yet to be worked.   Some
days after the cure of the Queen the King found
himself suddenly face to face with certain death.
Escape seemed impossible. Mindful of the divine
power of the Holy Name, which he had witnessed
in the cure of his wife, his Majesty called out
Jesus, Jesus. whereupon he was snatched from the
dreadful peril.   Calling in his turn for the little
slave he learned from her the truths of Christianity
which he and a great multitude of his people
St. Christina became a saint and her feast is
kept 11 December 15th.

the wonders of the holy name-day five-12 july

Posted in MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 14 July

Thought for the Day – 14 July

It never ceases to amaze me how many saints we have, (all waiting to hear from us, by the way), who initially led lives totally against the precepts of natural moral order, Christ and Holy Scripture.   But God is never far off – the ‘Hound of Heaven’ goes before and behind us.   And God creates saints.   Seemingly random meetings, words, in the case of St Camillus – a sermon by a Capachin and a meeting with St Philip Neri, alters everything, for we know that nothing is random – God has penetrated our selfishness,   He becomes visible to our souls and once that happens we can only do our very best, try our hardest to do all for Him and as if everything depended on us.   All human effort is the dispensing of God’s divine power and only God’s grace can make us like Himself.

St Camillus de Lellis Pray for us!

st camillus de lellis - pray for us 2

Posted in MORNING Prayers, QUOTES of the SAINTS, SAINT of the DAY, The WORD

One Minute Reflection – 13 July

One Minute Reflection – 13 July

Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who love him………1 Cor 2:9

1 cor 2 9

REFLECTION – “The happiness to which I aspire is greater than anything on earth. Therefore, I regard with extreme joy whatever pains and sufferings may befall me here.”………St Camillus de Lellis

the happiness to which I aspire - st camillus de lellis

PRAYER – Heavenly Father. keep my mind fixed on the surpassing joys stored up for me in heaven. And let me be willing to put up with all sufferings and pains that may come upon me. St Camillus de Lellis, pray for us, amen.

st camillus de lellis pray for us

Posted in MORNING Prayers, PRAYERS of the SAINTS

Our Morning Offering – 14 July

Our Morning Offering – 14 July

A Prayer for Enlightenment
St Alcuin of York (735-804)

Eternal light, shine into our hearts,
Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil,
Eternal Power, be our support,
Eternal Wisdom,
scatter the darkness of our ignorance,
Eternal Pity, have mercy on us;
that with all our heart
and mind
and soul
and strength,
we may seek Your Face
and be brought by Your infinite mercy
to Your Holy Presence;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord

PRAYER FOR ENLIGHTENMENT - st alcuin of york


Saint of the Day – 14 July – St Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) Confessor, “The Giant of Charity.”

Saint of the Day – 14 July – St Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) Confessor, Priest and Founder, Apostle of the Sick,  ((25 May 1550 at Bocchiavico, Abruzzi, Naples, Italy – 14 July 1614 at Genoa, Italy of natural causes).   He was Canonised on 29 June 1746 by Pope Benedict XIV.  Patronages –  against illness, sickness or bodily ills; sick people (proclaimed on 22 June 22 1886 by Pope Leo XIII), hospitals, hospital workers, nurses, Abruzzi, Italy.


Founder of the Order of Clerks Regular, Ministers of the Infirm (abbreviated as M.I.), better known as the Camillians.
His experience in wars led him to establish a group of health care workers who would assist soldiers on the battlefield.   The large, red cross on their cassock remains a symbol of the Congregation today.   Camillians continue to identify themselves with this emblem on their habits, a symbol universally recognized today as the sign of charity and service. This was the original Red Cross, hundreds of years before the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement was formed.

During the Battle of Canizza in 1601, while Camillians were helping with the wounded, the tent in which they were tending to the sick and in which they had all of their equipment and supplies was completely destroyed and burned to the ground.   Everything in the tent was destroyed except the red cross of a religious habit belonging to one of the Camillians who was ministering to the wounded on the battlefield.   This event was taken by the Camillans to manifest divine approval of the Red Cross of St Camillus.

Members of the Order also devoted themselves to victims of Bubonic plague.   It was due to the efforts of the brothers and supernatural healings by de Lellis that the people of Rome credited de Lellis with ridding the city of a great plague and the subsequent famine.   For a time, he became known as the “Saint of Rome”.

De Lellis’ concern for the proper treatment of the sick extended to the end of their lives. He had come to be aware of the many cases of people being buried alive, due to haste and ordered that the Brothers of his Order wait fifteen minutes past the moment when the patient seemed to have drawn his last breath, in order to avoid this.   St Camillus Church and Museum in Italy

Camillus de Lellis was born on May 25, 1550, at Bucchianico (now in Abruzzo, then part of the Kingdom of Naples).   His mother, Camilla Compelli de Laureto, was nearly fifty when she gave birth to him.   His father was an officer in both the Neapolitan and French royal armies and was seldom home.   De Lellis had his father’s temper and, due to her age and retiring nature, his mother felt unable to control him as he grew up.   She died in 1562.   As a consequence he grew up neglected by the family members who took him in after her death.   Tall for his age, at 16 De Lellis joined his father in the Venetian army and fought in a war against the Turks.

After a number of years of military service, his regiment was disbanded in 1575.   De Lellis was then forced to work as a labourer at the Capuchin friary at Manfredonia;  he was constantly plagued, however, by a leg wound he received while in the army, which would not heal.   Despite his aggressive nature and excessive gambling, the guardian of the friary saw a better side to his nature and continually tried to bring that out in him. Eventually the friar’s exhortations penetrated his heart and he had a religious conversion in 1575.   He then entered the novitiate of the Capuchin friars.   His leg wound, however, had continued to plague him and was declared incurable by the physicians, thus he was denied admission to that Order.

He then moved to Rome where he entered the Hospital of St. James (possibly founded by the Hospitaller Knights of St. James), which cared for incurable cases.  He himself became a caregiver at the hospital and later its Director.   In the meantime, he continued to follow a strict ascetic life, performing many penances, such as constant wearing of a hairshirt.   He took as his spiritual director and confessor, the popular local priest, Philip Neri, who was himself to found a religious congregation and be declared a saint.

De Lellis began to observe the poor attention the sick received from the staff of the hospital.   He was led to invite a group of pious men to express their faith through the care of the patients at the hospital.   Eventually he felt called to establish a religious community for this purpose and that he should seek Holy Orders for this task.   Neri, his confessor, gave him approval for this endeavour and a wealthy donor provided him with the income necessary to undertake his seminary studies.

He was ordained on Pentecost of 1584 by Lord Thomas Goldwell, Bishop of St Asaph, Wales and the last surviving Catholic bishop of Great Britain.   Camillus then retired from his service at the hospital and he and his companions moved to the Hospital of the Holy Ghost, where they assumed responsibility for the care of the patients there.

In 1586 Pope Sixtus V gave the group formal recognition as a congregation and assigned them the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Rome, which they still maintain.   In 1588 they expanded to Naples and in 1594 St Camillus led his Religious to Milan where they attended to the sick of the Ca’ Granda, the main hospital of the city.   A memorial tablet in the main courtyard of the Ca’ Granda commemorates his presence there.

Pope Gregory XV raised the Congregation to the status of an Order, equivalent with the mendicant orders, in 1591.   At that time they established a fourth religious vow unique to their Order: “to serve the sick, even with danger to one’s own life.”

Throughout his life De Lellis’ ailments caused him suffering but he allowed no one to wait on him and would crawl to visit the sick when unable to stand and walk.   It is said that Camillus possessed the gifts of healing and prophecy.   He resigned as Superior General of the Order in 1607 but continued to serve as Vicar General of the Order.   By that time, communities of the Order had spread all throughout Italy, even as far as Hungary.   He assisted in a General Chapter of the Order in 1613, after which he accompanied the new Superior General on an inspection tour of all the hospitals of the Order in Italy.   In the course of that tour, he fell ill.   He died in Rome in 1614 and was entombed at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene.


Saints’ Memorials and Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 14 July

St Camillus de Lellis (Optional Memorial) –

Mare de Déu de Canòlich: Read further –

Canolich façana
Our Lady of Dromon: Saint-Geniez, Alpes de Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France
In 1656, about 2.5 miles from the alpine village of Saint-Geniez, as 12-year-old herder Honoré was praying before a wooden cross on a stone mound, he heard the voice of the Blessed Virgin asking him to dig there to uncover chapels dedicated to her long ago. Excavations on the mountain located a crypt chapel dating back to around 1000, on the site of the ancient city of Theopolis. The upper chapel holds an alabaster statue of the Virgin and Child from the 1600s. The annual pilgrimage takes place on Bastille Day, July 14.


Bl Angelina di Marsciano
Bl Boniface of Canterbury
St Colman of Killeroran
St Cyrus of Carthage
St Deusdedit of Canterbury
St Donatus of Africa
Bl Dorotea Llamanzares Fernández
St Francis Solano
Bl Giorgio of Lauria
Bl Hroznata of Bohemia
Bl Humbert of Romans
St Idus of Ath Fadha
St Ioannes Wang Kuixin
St Just
St Justus of Rome
St Kateri Tekakwitha (Optional Memorial USA)
St Liebert
St Marchelm
Bl Michael Ghebre
St Optatian of Brescia
St Papias of Africa
Bl Toscana of Verona
St Ulric of Zell