St Camillus de Lellis
(1550 – 1614)
St Camillus was born in Bucchianico, Italy. His father was an army officer and seldom at home. His mother died when he was 12. It is said that he had a fiery temper and led a wayward youth.
At 16, following in his father’s footsteps, he joined the army and remained until his regiment was disbanded; he was 25. St Camillus then joined a Capuchin Friary as a labourer and, greatly influenced by the Friars, he changed his lifestyle from one of drinking and gambling to prayer and penance. Unfortunately, however, a leg wound, deemed incurable by physicians, meant that he was denied admission to the Order.
St Camillus went to Rome and joined St James’ Hospital as an assistant to the sick and terminally ill. He also continued his strict austere life of prayer and penance and, with new-found religious commitment, began seminary studies. He was ordained a Priest in 1584 and subsequently established a religious community, known as The Camillians, devoted entirely to the care of the sick and dying regardless of their infection or illness.
His Order was the original Red Cross Organisation and members vowed, “To serve the sick, even in times of danger to one’s own life”. St Camillus became well known throughout Rome for his supernatural healing and prophecy and was often referred to as The Saint of Rome. He is the Patron Saint of the sick.
The Scribes and Pharisees asked Jesus for a sign from God.
He replied, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given.” (Matthew 12:38)
Although Jesus didn’t give a sign at that very moment, He gave countless signs, not least, of course, the sign of his own resurrection from the dead.
Lord Jesus, as I face this new day, help me to draw strength from your great personal example while you were on earth.
A Prayer – Transform Me
O my Divine Saviour, transform me into yourself.
May my hands be the hands of Jesus.
May my tongue be the tongue of Jesus,
Grant that every faculty of my body may serve only to glorify you.
Above all, transform my soul and all its powers,
so that my memory, my will and my affections
may be the memory, the will and the affections of Jesus.
I pray you to destroy in me all that is not you.
Grant that I may live but in you and for you,
and that I may truly say with St. Paul:
“I live, now not I, but Christ lives in me” (Gal 2:20).
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Pray especially for the sick and housebound. May they find a little peace in your arms today.
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Almighty God, thank you for this new day. Bless me and keep me safe.
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