"The poor and the sick are the heart of God.
In serving them, we serve Jesus the Christ."
Saint Camillus de Lellis is patron saint of the sick,
all health professionals and hospitals. He dedicated his life to the sick
and to organizing hospitals. He founded the Order of the
Camillians, priests and brothers who work in the area of
health. He considered the sick to be Jesus Himself. Pope
Leo XIII declared him the heavenly patron of hospitals
and added his name in the Litany for the Dying. On the
lips of Saint Camillus was the prayer for the dying:
"May the face of Christ Jesus
shine gloriously upon you."
Camillus chose a red cross as the distinguishing badge
for the members of his Order to wear upon their black
cassocks. He taught his volunteers that the hospital was
a house of God, a garden where the voices of the sick
were music from heaven.
‘Wherever the sick person was, there God was and it
became a place of celebration.’ He taught that the
bed of the sick became an altar, and the hospital a
Once when he was discouraged by many deaths in his
Congregation he heard these consoling words from
"This is my work, not yours."
Prayer to Saint Camillus de Lellis
Glorious Saint 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.
Assist those who take care of the sick to be generous and
lovingly dedicated. Help us 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.
Watch over our hospitals and health care systems. Please do not
let the government interfere with the mission of Catholic
hospitals. We pray that our country can adopt a health care
system centered on care and not just cure.
May God our loving Father grant peace and hope to all
through Our Lord Jesus Christ in unity with the Holy Ghost. Amen
Pray an Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be
A wise physician once said, "The best medicine for humans is care and love."
Someone asked, "What if it doesn’t work?" He smiled and said "Increase the dose."
Decalogue of the servants of the sick
(Applicable to all)
(Deduced from the thought and behavior of Camillus)
1. Honor the dignity and sanctity of
my person, as an image of Christ, above my
fragility and limitations.
2. Serve me with respectful and
solicitous love: with all your heart,
with all your intelligence, with all
your strengths and with all your time.
3. Care for me as you would want to be cared
for, or how you would care for the most beloved
person you have in the world.
4. Be the voice of those without a
voice: become the defender of my
rights, so that they be recognized
5. Avoid all negligence that can place
my life in danger or prolong my sickness.
6. Do not frustrate my hope with your
self-centered goals or impatience,
with your lack of delicacy and competence.
7. I am a whole integral being: serve me
that way. Do not reduce me to a number of
a clinical story, and do not limit our
relationship to a purely functional one.
8. Conserve clean your heart and your
profession: do not allow the ambition
and the thirst for money to stain you.
9. Preoccupy yourself with my prompt
recovery; do not forget that I have
come to the hospital to leave, recovered,
as soon as possible.
10. Share my anguishes and sufferings:
even though you may not be able to remove
my pain, accompany me. I lack
your human and freely given gesture of warmth that
makes me feel like somebody and not some
thing, or an interesting case.
And when you have done everything you have
to do, when you have been everything you had
to be ... do not forget to give me thanks.
Prayers of Comfort to Saint Camillus
O Glorious Saint Camillus, patron of the sick, thou who for
forty years with heroic charity did devote thyself to the
relief of their temporal and spiritual necessities; be pleased
to assist them now even more generously since thou art blessed
in Heaven and they have been committed by Holy Mother Church to
Obtain for them from Almighty God the healing of all their
maladies or at least the spirit of Christian patience and
resignation that may sanctify and comfort them in the hour of
their passing to eternity.
At the same time, obtain for us the precious gift of living
and dying after thine own example in the practice of Divine Love. Amen
O God, Who did endow Saint Camillus with a
special grace of charity for the relief of
souls in their last agony, we beseech Thee,
by his merits, to pour into our hearts the
spirit of Thy love; that in the hour of our
death we may overcome the enemy and deserve
to win a heavenly crown. Through Our Lord
Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with Thee,
One God, forever and ever. Amen
Saint Camillus de Lellis by Gaetano Gandolfi, (1734-1802)
July 18 - Saint Camillus de Lellis, Confessor - Caring for Jesus Christ in All who are Sick - Patron of the sick, health professionals, hospitals
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