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"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 church.

Once when he was discouraged by many deaths in his Congregation he heard these consoling words from the crucifix:
"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 and respected.

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 and need 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 thy protection.

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)
Saint Camillus de Lellis; https://commons.wikimedia.org
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