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Quote/s of the Day – 26 September – Give

Quote/s of the Day – 26 September – “Month of the Seven Sorrows of Mary” – Readings: Numbers 11: 25-29; Psalm 19: 8, 10- 14; James 5: 1-6; Mark 9: 38-43, 45, 47-48

“Anyone who gives you
a cup of water to drink
because you belong to Christ …
will surely not lose his reward … ”

Mark 9:41

“And whoever gives only
a cup of cold water to
one of these little ones to drink ,
… he shall not lose his reward.”

Matthew 10:42

“ Lift up and stretch out your hands,
not to heaven but to the poor…
if you lift up your hands in prayer
without sharing with the poor,
it is worth nothing.”

St John Chrysostom (347-407)
Father and Doctor of the Church

The poor stretch out the hand
but God receives what is offered.”

St Peter Chrysologus (c 400-450)
“Golden Words”
Father & Doctor of the Church

“For just as water extinguishes a fire,
just so does charity blot out our sins.”

St John of God (1495-1550)

The poor and the sick
are the Heart of God.
In serving them,
we serve Jesus Christ.”

St Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614)

Posted in QUOTES on CHARITY, QUOTES on SIN, QUOTES on VIRTUE, SAINT of the DAY

Quote/s of the Day – 14 July – St Camillus de Lellis

Quote/s of the Day – 14 July – “Month of the Most Precious Blood” – and the Memorial of Saint Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) “The Giant of Charity”

“Brother, if you commit a sin and take pleasure in it,
the pleasure passes but the sin remains.
But if you do something virtuous,
even though you are tired,
the tiredness passes but the virtue remains.”

“The poor and the sick
are the Heart of God.
In serving them,
we serve Jesus Christ.”

“Commitment is doing
what you said you would do,
after the feeling you said it in, has passed.”

MORE HERE:
https://anastpaul.com/2020/07/14/quote-s-of-the-day-14-july-sts-francisco-solano-and-camillus-de-lellis/

St Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614)

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One Minute Reflection – 14 July – ‘ … How wonderful are God’s designs for people’s salvation!’

One Minute Reflection – 14 July – “Month of the Most Precious Blood” – Readings: Exodus 3: 1-6, 9-12; Psalm: 103: 1b-2, 3-4, 6-7;: Matthew 11: 25-27
and the Memorial of Saint Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) “The Giant of Charity”

“You have revealed them to the childlike.” … Matthew 11:25

REFLECTION “I give praise to you,” Jesus says, “because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned.” What? Is He glad at the loss of those who don’t believe in Him? Certainly not. How wonderful are God’s designs for people’s salvation! When they turn away from the truth and refuse to accept it, God never forces them but lets them be. Their wandering away stimulates them to find the path again. Returning to their senses, they hastily seek out the grace of the call to faith they had rejected before. As for those who had remained faithful, their devotion becomes even stronger like this. So Christ is glad these things are revealed to some but saddened they are hidden from others. This is made known when He weeps over the city (Lk 19:41). Saint Paul writes in the same spirit: “Thanks be to God! You were once slaves of sin but you have become obedient from the heart” to the Gospel (Rom 6:17). …

Who are the wise Jesus is talking about here? The scribes and the Pharisees. He says this to hearten His disciples, by showing them of what privileges they have been accounted worthy. Simple fishermen that they are, they have received the illumination that the wise and learned despised. These latter are wise in name only, they think themselves wise but are false scholars. That is why Christ did not say: “You have revealed them to the ignorant” but to “the childlike,” that is to say, simple, honest people. … In this way, He teaches us to utterly renounce important things and seek out simplicity. Saint Paul goes even further: “If anyone considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool so as to become wise” (1Cor 3:18).” … St John Chrysostom (345-407) – Bishop of Constantinople, Father and Doctor of the Church – Sermons on Saint Matthew’s Gospel, no.38, 1

PRAYER – Lord God, in Your wisdom You created us, by Your Providence, You rule us. Penetrate our inmost being with Your holy light so that our way of life may always be one of faithful service and childlike trust in You. Grant that we may always follow behind Your Son and grasp His hand, to lead us to You. May we grow in faith and love daily, by the intercession of Saint Camillus de Lellis and may we be a light of love, to all around us, as he was. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.

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Mare de Déu de Canòlich / Mother of God of Canòlich, Canòlich, Sant Julià de Lòria, Andorra, Spain (1223) and Memorials of the Saints – 14 July

Mare de Déu de Canòlich / Mother of God of Canòlich, Canòlich, Sant Julià de Lòria, Andorra, Spain (1223) – 14 July and 4th Saturda\y of May:

On 14 July 1223, a shepherd was pasturing his flock near the village of Canòlich in southern Andorra, when suddenly a bird with brilliant plumage came to rest on an outcrop. The shepherd approached and caught the bird with no trouble and carried it to his house. The next day the bird had disappeared and again he found it in the field. The sequence recurred three times but the last time, the shepherd found an image of the Virgin Mary in a niche in the rock.

In response to this prodigy, the people of Sant Julià de Lòria Parish decided to build a Shrine to the Virgin where her Statue was found. Many miracles ensued at the Shrine and still do. Sadly now, nothing remains of that Church. The present Sanctuary, containing a baroque Altarpiece from a previous Shrine, dates from the 1970s. The Romanesque image of the Mother of God of Canòlich resides in the Parish Church of Sant Julià y San Germà in the urban centre of Sant Julià de Lòria: a wooden Statue from the late 1100s, with original polychrome, crowned by the Vatican in 1999.

On the last Saturday in May, parishioners gather in Sant Julià de Lòria for morning fireworks and Mass in the Virgin’s honour. Then the celebration — moves to Canòlich, for Masses at the Sanctuary and after Mass, dancing, and blessing and distribution of bread.

St Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) (Optional Memorial) Priest and Founder the Order of the Ministers of the Sick, or simply as the “Camillians,” known as “The Giant of Charity.”
St Camillus!

https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/14/saint-of-the-day-14-july-st-camillus-de-lellis-m-i-1550-1614-the-giant-of-charity/

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 Francisco Solano y Jiménez OFM (1549 – 1610) Priest , Friar of the Order of Friars Minor, Missionary, Musician, Preacher, Miracle worker, Apostle of the Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Virgin Mother and of Prayer, Polyglot – “The Wonder Worker of Whe New World. ”
A wonderful Saint:

https://anastpaul.com/2020/07/14/saint-of-the-day-14-july-saint-francisco-solano-ofm-1549-1610-the-wonder-worker-of-the-new-world/

Blessed Gaspar de Bono OM (1530– 1604) Priest, Friar of the Order of Minims
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 (1656–1680) Saint Kateri ‘Catherine’ Tekakwitha, Virgin laywoman, Penitent, Ascetic – known as “Lily of the Mohawks,” Died a\ged 24 (Optional Memorial USA)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/07/14/saint-of-the-day-14-july-saint-kateri-catherine-tekakwitha-1656-1680-lily-of-the-mohawks/

St Liebert
St Marchelm
Bl Michael Ghebre
St Optatian of Brescia
St Papias of Africa
Bl Toscana of Verona
St Ulric of Zell

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Quote/s of the Day – 8 June – Being Salt and Light

Quote/s of the Day – 8 June – Readings: First: Second Corinthians 1: 18-22,
Psalm: Psalms 119: 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, Gospel: Matthew 5: 13-16

“You are the salt of the earth …
You are the light of the world.”

Matthew 5:13,14

“Let us contend with all earnestness,
knowing that we are now called to the combat.
Let us run in the straight road,
the race that is incorruptible.”

St Clement of Alexandria (150-215)
Father of the Church

“Be joyful and keep your faith and your creed.”

St David of Wales (c 542-c 601)
Bishop

“All the darkness in the world
cannot extinguish the light
of a single candle.”

St Francis of Assisi (c 1181-1226)

“If you are what you should be,
you will set the whole world on fire!”

St Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
Doctor of the Church

“Think well.
Speak well.
Do well.
These three things,
through the mercy of God,
will make a man go to Heaven.”

St Camillus de Lellis M.I. (1550-1614)

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 July – Sts Francisco Solano and Camillus de Lellis

Quote/s of the Day – 14 July – The Memorial of Saint Francisco Solano OFM (1549 – 1610) “The Wonder Worker of the New World” and Saint Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) “The Giant of Charity”

“How is it, my Lord Jesus,
that You were Crucified
while I have Your servants to care for me;
You were naked while I am clothed;
You were struck with blows
and crowned with thorns
while I have everything I need
to satisfy my wants
and give me consolation?”

St Francisco Solano OFM (1549 – 1610)
“The Wonder Worker of the New World”

+how is it my lord jesus that you were crucified - st francisco salano 14 july 2020

“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 14 july 2020

“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.”

the happiness to which i aspire - st camillus 14 july 2020 (2)

“I don’t 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)
“The Giant of Charity”

i dont put a penny's value on this life - st camillus 14 july 2020

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One Minute Reflection – 14 July – ‘… The Grace of Repentance …’

One Minute Reflection – 14 July – “Month of the Most Precious Blood” = Tuesday of the Fifteenth week in Ordinary Time, Readings: Isaiah 7:1-9Psalm 48:2-8Matthew 11:20-24 and the Memorial of St Francisco Solanus y Jiménez OFM (1549 – 1610) Priest – “The Wonder Worker of the New World” and St Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) “The Giant of Charity”

“But I tell you that it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgement for the land of Sodom than for you.”… Matthew 11:24

REFLECTION – “Let us fix our thoughts on the blood of Christ and reflect how precious that blood is in God’s eyes, inasmuch as its outpouring for our salvation, has opened the grace of repentance to all mankind.
For we have only to survey the generations of the past, to see, that in everyone of them, the Lord has offered the chance of repentance to any, who were willing to turn to Him.   When Noah preached repentance, those who gave heed to him were saved.   When, after Jonah had proclaimed destruction to the people of Niniveh, they repented of their sins and made atonement to God with prayers and supplications, they obtained their salvation, notwithstanding, that they were strangers and aliens to Him.

All those, who were ministers of the grace of God, have spoken, through the Holy Spirit, of repentance.
The very Lord of all, Himself has spoken of it and even with an oath – By my life, the Lord declares, it is not the sinner’s death that I desire, so much as his repentance and, he adds, this gracious pronouncement, Repent, O house of Israel and turn from your wickedness. Say to the children of my people, though your sins may stretch from earth to heaven and though they may be redder than scarlet and blacker than sackcloth, yet if you turn wholeheartedly to me and say ‘Father’, I will listen to you as I would to a people that was holy.

Thus, by His own almighty will, He has confirmed his desire that repentance should be open to everyone of His beloved.

Let us bow, then, to that sovereign and glorious will.   Let us entreat His mercy and goodness, casting ourselves upon His compassion and wasting no more energy in quarrels and a rivalry which only ends in death.” … St Pope Clement I (c 35-99) – From his Letter to the Corinthians (Chs 7, 4-8, 3; 8, 5-9, 1; 13, 1-4; 19, 2)matthew 11 24 but i tell you that it shall be more tolerable - let us bow then to that sovereign - st pope clement I 14 july 2020

PRAYER – God our Father, we are Your children and You have set us aside to come home to You by the light of the way of Your divine Son. Fill us with knowledge of our need to turn to You in sorrow and repentance, that we may one day attain our final home with You. Grant we pray, that by the intercession of Saints Francisco Solanus and Camillus de Lellis, we may too become lights announcing Your love to all around us. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.ST FRANCISCO SOLANO PRAY FOR US 14 JULY 2020

st camillus de lellis pray for us

 

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Feast of Our Lady and Memorials of the Saints – 14 July

St Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) (Optional Memorial)
St Camillus!
https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/14/saint-of-the-day-14-july-st-camillus-de-lellis-m-i-1550-1614-the-giant-of-charity/

Mare de Déu de Canòlich/Mother of God of Canolich:
Read further:
http://www.mariancalendar.org/mare-de-deu-de-canolich-canolich-sant-julia-de-loria-andorra/

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.

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 Francisco Solano y Jiménez OFM (1549 – 1610) Priest – “The Wonder Worker of the New World”

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 (1656–1680) (Optional Memorial USA)
Biography:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/07/14/saint-of-the-day-14-july-saint-kateri-catherine-tekakwitha-1656-1680-lily-of-the-mohawks/

St Liebert
St Marchelm
Bl Michael Ghebre
St Optatian of Brescia
St Papias of Africa
Bl Toscana of Verona
St Ulric of Zell

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 July – Eye has not seen….

Quote/s of the Day – 14 July – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Luke 10:25–37 and the Memorial of Saint Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) “The Giant of Charity” and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (1656–1680) “Lily of the Mohawks”

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

“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.jpg

“Jesus, I love You.”

St Kateri Tekakwithajesus i love you - last words of st kateri 14 july 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 14 July – “Go and do likewise.”

One Minute Reflection – 14 July – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel:  Luke 10:25–37 and the memorial of Saint Camillus de Lellis MI (1550-1614) “The Giant of Charity” and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (1656–1680) “Lily of the Mohawks”

“Go and do likewise.”... Luke 10:37luke 10 37 go and do likewise - 14 july 2019.jpg

REFLECTION – “In choosing these two Words addressed by God to His people and by putting them together, Jesus taught once and for all that love for God and love for neighbour are inseparable; moreover, they sustain one another.   Even if set in a sequence, they are two sides of a single coin – experienced together they are a believer’s strength!

To love God is to live of Him and for Him, for what He is and for what He does.   Our God is unmitigated giving, He is unlimited forgiveness, He is a relationship that promotes and fosters.

Therefore, to love God means to invest our energies each day to be His assistants in the unmitigated service of our neighbour, in trying to forgive without limitations and in cultivating relationships of communion and fraternity.   It is not a matter of pre-selecting my neighbour – this is not Christian but it is about having eyes to see and a heart to want what is good for him or her.   Today’s Gospel passage invites us all to be projected not only toward the needs of our poorest brothers and sisters but above all to be attentive to their need for fraternal closeness, for a meaning to life and for tenderness.”… Pope Francis (ANGELUS Sunday, 4 November 2018)therefore, to love god means - pope francis - good samaritan 14 july 2019.jpg

PRAYER – God our Father, we are Your children and You have set us aside to come home to You by the light of the way of Your divine Son. Grant we pray, that we may grow in faith and love for You and our neighbour daily, by the intercession of  Saints Camillus and Kateri, may learn the gentleness and tenderness of love, to all around us.  We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.st-camillus-de-lellis-pray-for-us-14-july-2017

st kateri tekakwitha pray for us 14 july 2019

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Memorials of the Saints – 14 July

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C *2019

St Camillus de Lellis (Optional Memorial)
St Camillus!
https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/14/saint-of-the-day-14-july-st-camillus-de-lellis-m-i-1550-1614-the-giant-of-charity/

Mare de Déu de Canòlich/Mother of God of Canolich:
Read further:
http://www.mariancalendar.org/mare-de-deu-de-canolich-canolich-sant-julia-de-loria-andorra/

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.

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 (1656–1680) (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

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Quote/s of the Day – 14 September – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Quote/s of the Day – 14 September – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

“In the Cross is salvation;
in the Cross is life;
in the Cross is protection against our enemies;
in the Cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness;
in the Cross is strength of mind;
in the Cross is joy of spirit;
in the Cross is excellence of virtue;
in the Cross is perfection of holiness.
There is no salvation of soul,
nor hope of eternal life,
save in the Cross.”

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471) The Inner Lifein-the-cross-is-salvation-thomas-a-kempis=14 sept 2017

“The road is narrow.
He who wishes to travel it more easily
must cast off all things and use the cross as his cane.
In other words, he must be truly resolved
to suffer willingly for the love of God in all things.”

St John of the Cross (1542-1591) Doctor of the Churcheven-though-i-should-die-matthew-26-35-and-the-road-is-narrow-st-john-of-the-cross-9-july-2018

The everlasting God has in His wisdom
foreseen from eternity the cross He now
presents to you as a gift from His inmost heart.
The cross He now sends you
He has considered
with His all-knowing eyes,
understood with His divine mind,
tested with His wise justice,
warmed with loving arms
and weighed with His own hands
to see that it is not one inch too large
nor one ounce too heavy for you.
He has blessed it with His holy name,
anointed it with His grace,
perfumed it with His consolation,
taken one last glance at you and your courage
and then sent it to you from heaven,
a special greeting from God to you,
an alms of the all-merciful love of God.

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Churchthe everlasting god has in his wisdom - st francis de sales - 14 sept 2018

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 de Lellis (1550-1614)st-camillus-wanted-to-have-on-his-habit-14-july-2018

“Oh cherished cross!
Through thee my most bitter trials
are replete with graces!”

St Paul of the Cross (1694-1775)oh-cherished-cross-st-paul-of-the-cross-14 sept 2017

“Everything is a reminder of the Cross.
We ourselves are made in the shape of a cross.”

St John Vianney (1786-1859)everything is a reminder of the cross - st john vianney - 14 sept 2018

“Let us not forget,
that Jesus not only suffered
but also rose in glory;
so, too, we go to the glory
of the Resurrection,
by way of suffering
and the Cross.”

St Maximillian Kolbe (1894 -1941)let-us-not-forget-st-max-kolbe-14-aug-2018

“There is line from the illuminator of the St John’s Bible that states:
“We have to love our way out of this.”
There is nothing wimpy or namby-pamby
or blind about this conviction.
When we love extravagantly,
we are not purposely blinding ourselves to moral realities—
just the contrary.

Love is not a sentiment, but “a harsh and dreadful thing,”
as Dostoevsky said.

This is just what Jesus shows on His terrible cross.
And this is just what we, His followers, must imitate.
Taking up the cross means, not just being willing to suffer
but being willing to suffer as He did,
absorbing violence and hatred through our forgiveness and nonviolence.”

Bishop Robert Barronlove-is-not-a-sentiment-robert-barron-3-aug-2018

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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

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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 don’t 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)i-donht-put-a-pennys-value-on-tis-life-st-camillus-de-lellis-14 july 2017

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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, amen.st-camillus-de-lellis-pray-for-us-14 july 2017

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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”.

st camillus flooding of the tiber
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.

st camillus conversion

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.

st camillus last ritesThe Transit the last Days on Earth of St. Camillus de Lellisbody of st camillusthe giant of charity

More on St Camillus here:    https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/saint-of-the-day-14-july-st-camillus-de-lellis-m-i/

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Quote/s of the Day – 23 April – Monday of the Fourth Week of Eastertide

Quote/s of the Day – 23 April – Monday of the Fourth Week of Eastertide

“Speaking of Love, Life & Virtue”

“He that is kind is free, though he is a slave;
he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.”

St Augustine (354-430) Doctor of Gracehe that is kind - st augustine - 23 april 2018

“What we love
we shall grow to resemble.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Mellifluous Doctor

what we love - st bernard - 23 april 2018

“The creator of the heavens obeys a carpenter;
the God of eternal glory listens to a poor virgin.
Has anyone ever witnessed anything comparable to this?
Let the philosopher no longer disdain from listening
to the common labourer;
the wise, to the simple;
the educated, to the illiterate;
a child of a prince, to a peasant.”

St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) Evangelical Doctor

the creator of the heavens - st anthony of padua - 23 april 2018

“Commitment is doing what you said you would do,
after the feeling you said it in, has passed.”

St Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614)commitment is - st camillus de lellis - 23 april 2018

“You cannot love a thing
without wanting to fight for it.”

G K Chesterton (1874-1936)you cannot love a thing - g k chersterton - 23 april 2018

“You can’t go back
and change the beginning
but you can start where you are
and change the ending.”

C S Lewis (1898-1963)you can't go back and change the beginning - c s lewis - 23 april 2018

“The whole point of life
is to learn to be a gift.”

Father Mike Schmitzthe whole point of life - fr mike schmitz - 23 april 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 19 April – Thursday of the Third Week of Eastertide “Speaking of: Becoming a Saint”

Quote/s of the Day – 19 April – Thursday of the Third Week of Eastertide

“Speaking of:  Becoming a Saint”

“Think well.
Speak well.
Do well.
These three things,
through the mercy of God,
will make a man go to Heaven.”

St Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614)think well speak well do well-st camillus de lellis

“He who wishes for anything but Christ,
does not know what he wishes;
he who asks for anything but Christ,
does not know what he is asking;
he who works and not for Christ,
does not know what he is doing.”

St Philip Neri (1515-1595)he who wishes for anything - st philip neri - 19 april 2018

“The great saint may be said,
to mix all his thoughts with thanks.
All goods look better,
when they look like gifts.”

G K Chesterton (1874-1936)the great saint - g k chesterton - 19 april 2018 speaking of becoming a saint

“Enemy-occupied territory –
that is what this world is.
Christianity is the story of how,
the rightful king has landed,
you might say landed in disguise
and is calling us all, to take part,
in a great campaign of sabotage.”

C S Lewis (1898-1963)enemy occupied territory - c s lewis - 19 april - speaking of becoming a saint

“What people don’t realise, 
is how much Christianity costs.
They think faith is a big electric blanket,
when of course, it is the cross.”

Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964)what people don't realise = flannery o'connor - speaking of becoming a saint - 19 april 2018

“Take courage!
Fix your gaze on our saints.”

Pope Benedict XVItake courage - pope benedict - speaking of becoming a saint - 19 april 2018

“Take the Crucifixion personally.”take the crucifixion - fr mike schmitz - 19 april 2018

“The road to holiness
goes through your neighbour.”

Father Mike Schmitzthe road to holiness - fr mike schmitz - 19 april 2018

 

 

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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

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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