Saint Camillus de Lellis is a true example of transformation and dedication to others, a saint who inspires us to serve others with love and compassion.

His liturgical feast is celebrated on July 14. Here are some interesting facts about his life:

1. Radical Change of Life

Saint Camillus de Lellis did not have an easy childhood and youth. He was known as a fierce fighter and compulsive gambler. His life completely changed when visiting a church, a homily moved him regarding penance and conversion. After that, he devoted himself to caring for the sick.

2. The Red Cross

Saint Camillus is often associated with the Red Cross due to the red cross he and his followers wore on their robes. This cross became the universal symbol of medical care.

3. Patron Saint

Saint Camillus is considered the patron saint of nurses and the sick. His tireless dedication to the care of the sick, including his work during a plague in Rome, made him an example for all those working in the health field.

4. Order of Ministers of the Sick

In 1582, Saint Camillus founded the Order of Ministers of the Sick (Camillians), whose mission is to assist the sick. The Order spread rapidly, and its rules included a requirement that members personally attend to the sick, even in times of plague.

5. A Lifetime of Service

Even after contracting an incurable leg wound, Saint Camillus continued serving the sick. He used to say, "Satisfaction is in doing what pleases God."

6. Miracles

Even in life, Saint Camillus was known for his miracles. He was said to have the gift of healing and prophecy. He was also known for comforting the sick with his words and presence.

Prayer of the Sick to Saint Camillus de Lellis
Prayer Source: VaticanSite

Glorious St Camillus, turn your merciful eyes
upon those who suffer and those who care for them.
Grant to the sick Christian resignation
and trust in the goodness and power of God.

Make those who take care of the sick
generous and lovingly dedicated.
Help me to understand the mystery of suffering
as a means of redemption and the way to God.

May your protection comfort the sick and their families
and encourage them to live together in love.
Bless those who dedicate themselves to the infirm.
And may the good God grant peace and hope to all.

Lord, I come before You in prayer.
I know that You hear me, You know me.
I know that I am in You and that Your strength is in me.

Look at my body racked with infirmity.
You know, Lord, how much it hurts me to suffer.
I know that You are not pleased
with the suffering of Your children.

Give me, Lord, the strength and courage
to overcome moments of desperation and exhaustion.
Make me patient and understanding.
I offer up my worries, anxiety, and suffering
to be more worthy of You.

Let me, Lord, unite my sufferings
with those of Your Son Jesus
who for the love of men, gave His life on the Cross.

Furthermore, I ask You, Lord:
Help doctors and nurses take care of the sick
with the same dedication and love that St Camillus had.


Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Saint Camillus de Lellis, pray for us!

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