Thought for the Day – 14 July – The Memorial of St Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614) “The Giant of Charity”

Thought for the Day – 14 July – The Memorial of St Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614) “The Giant of Charity”

Every day in the wards of hospitals or in the streets, wherever Camillus was in contact with the sick, he encountered Christ on the crucifix who became for him a daily partner. Not only did he think about Him and pray to Him but he also housed Him, fed Him, gave Him water to drink and clothed Him.   He gave himself and in his self-giving he felt that he was the beneficiary.   ‘This crucified Christ’, he exclaimed, ‘has helped me and comforted me a great deal and certainly, I do not merit all the graces, He has done me’.   He attributed to Him the merit of founding the Institute:  ‘In the foundation of this little plant a lion heart could have lost himself, as well as a miserable man such as I am, if the crucified Christ had not helped and comforted me’.   The signs of the cross were also impressed on his afflicted body: – his leg with its sore, the corns on his feet, his kidney stones, the hernia in his groin and the tumour in his stomach.   In his testament he declared his self-abandonment to the crucified Christ, to whom he commended himself like the prodigal son who went back to his father and the good thief who called for mercy.

The crucified Christ entered his life and was never to leave him.   Camillus wanted to have on his habit the Sign of the Cross in order ‘to demonstrate that this is a religion of the Cross…so that those who want to follow our way of life will get ready…to follow Jesus Christ unto death’.   He wanted it to be dark red ‘because more like the true wood of the most holy Cross on which the Redeemer of the World died and was appended’.st camillus wanted to have on his habit - 14 july 2018

In the exercise of this very demanding and radical service to the sick, Camillus was guided by the Holy Spirit along the two fundamental lines of evangelical love:  1) recognising that we are serving Christ in the person of the sick and 2) being an expression of the merciful Christ who is serving the sick.   Camillus really identified the suffering Christ in the sick to the point of calling them ‘my Lords and Masters’. Camillus brought about the complete service to the sick by concentrating on their spiritual and corporeal needs.

For the Order of the Ministers of the Infirm, the Fourth Vow, that is the vow along with the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, to serve the sick with total commitment at the risk of one’s life, represents the special feature of their particular style of consecrated religious life.   For Camillians serving the sick is the ‘locus theologicus’ where it fulfils and expresses its identity as a community of men, consecrated to God and entrusted with mission of establishing the Kingdom as a means of salvation for all the sick.

St Camillus de Lellis, pray for us!st camillus pray for us - 14 july 2018


Quote/s of the Day – 14 July – The Memorial of St Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614)

Quote/s of the Day – 14 July – The Memorial of St Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614)

“Think well.
Speak well.
Do well.
These three things,
through the mercy of God,
will make a man go to Heaven.”think-well-speak-well-do-well-st-camillus-de-lellis-14 july 2017

“I do not put a penny’s value on this life
if only our Lord will give me
a tiny corner in Paradise.”

St Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614)


One Minute Reflection – 14 July – The Memorial of St Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614)

One Minute Reflection – 14 July – The Memorial of St Camillus de Lellis  (1550-1614)

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 2:91-cor-2-9-eye has not seen - 14 july 2017

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 Lellisthe-happiness-to-which-i-aspire-st-camillus-de-lellis-14 july 2017

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, keep our minds fixed on the surpassing joys stored up for us in heaven.   And let us be willing to put up with all sufferings and pains that may come upon us for the reparation of sin.   Grant that by the intercession of St Camillus de Lellis, we may grow in holiness, july 2017


Our Morning Offering – 14 July

Our Morning Offering – 14 July – Saturday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sweet Light!
By St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942)

Who are You,
sweet Light, that fills me
And illumines
the darkness of my heart?
You lead me like a mother’s hand,
And should You let go of me,
I would not know
how to take another step.
You are the space
That embraces my being
and buries it in Yourself.
Away from You,
it sinks into the abyss
Of nothingness,
from which You raised it to the light.
You, nearer to me than I to myself
And more interior
than my most interior
And still impalpable
and intangible
And beyond any name,
Holy Spirit eternal love!
Amensweet light - who are you sweet light that fills me - prayer of st teresa benedicta - 14 july 2018

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

Saint of the Day – 14 July – St Camillus de Lellis M.I. (1550-1614) Priest and Founder, known as “The Giant of Charity”.

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St Camillus assisting during the flooding of the Tiber

The early years of Camillus gave no sign of sanctity.   At the age of nineteen he took service with his father, an Italian noble, against the Turks and after four years hard campaigning found himself, through his violent temper, reckless habits and inveterate passion for gambling, a discharged soldier and in such straitened circumstances that he was obliged to work as a labourer on a Capuchin convent which was then being built.   A few words from a Capuchin friar brought about his conversion and he resolved to become a religious.

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Thrice he entered the Capuchin novitiate but each time an obstinate wound in his leg forced him to leave.   He repaired to Rome for medical treatment and there took St Philip as his confessor and entered the hospital of St Giacomo, of which he became in time the superintendent.   The carelessness of the paid chaplains and nurses towards the suffering patients now inspired him, with the thought of founding a congregation to minister to patients.   header st camillusMembers of his order worked in hospitals, prisons and in the homes of those afflicted by disease.   The order’s original name, the “Fathers of a Good Death,” reflected the desire to aid in their spiritual salvation and prepare the dying to receive their last rites.   Later known as the Order of the Ministers of the Sick, or simply as the “Camillians,” the group received papal approval in 1586 and was confirmed as a religious order in 1591.   In addition to the traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, they took a vow of unfailing service to the sick.

Camillus- saying mass

Summoned at every hour of the day and night, the devotion of Camillus never grew cold.   With a woman’s tenderness he attended to the needs of his patients.   He wept with them, consoled them and prayed with them.   He knew miraculously, the state of their souls and St Philip saw angels whispering to two Servants of the Sick who were consoling a dying person.   One day a sick man said to the Saint, “Father, may I beg you to make up my bed?  it is very hard.” Camillus replied, “God forgive you, brother!   You beg me! Don’t you know yet that you are to command me, for I am your servant and slave.” “Would to God,” he would cry, “that in the hour of my death one sigh or one blessing of these poor creatures might fall upon me!”


Camillus himself suffered physical ailments throughout his life.   His leg wound failed to heal over the course of almost five decades, in addition to which he suffered from sores and severe kidney trouble.   But he is said to have spent time with the sick even while unable to walk, by crawling from bed to bed.

The founder of the Ministers of the Sick lived to assist at a general chapter of his order in Rome during 1613 and to make a last visitation of many of their hospitals.    Learning that he himself was incurably ill, Camillus responded:  “I rejoice in what has been told me. We shall go into the house of the Lord.”apostle_camillusdelellis

Receiving the Eucharist for the last time, he declared: “O Lord, I confess I am the most wretched of sinners, most undeserving of your favour but save me by your infinite goodness.   My hope is placed in your divine mercy through your precious blood.”

After giving his last instructions to his fellow Ministers of the Sick, St Camillus de Lellis died on 14 July 1614.   He was Canonised by Benedict XIV in 1746 and later named – along with Saint John of God – as one of the two main co-patrons of nurses and nursing associations in 1930.

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More on St Camillus here:


Feasts of Our Lady and Memorials of thne Saints – 14 July

St Camillus de Lellis (Optional Memorial)

Mare de Déu de Canòlich/Mother of God of Canolich:   Read further –

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, 14 July.


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