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St. Camillus of Lellis

Confessor

July 18

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 laborer on a Capuchin convent which was then building. A few words from a Capuchin friar brought about his conversion, and he resolved to become a religious. 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 their wants. With this end he was ordained priest, and in 1586 his community of the Servants of the Sick was confirmed by the Pope. Its usefulness was soon felt, not only in hospitals, but in private houses. 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!" His prayer was heard. He was granted the same consolations in his last hour which he had so often procured for others. In the year 1614 he died with the full use of his faculties, after two weeks' saintly preparation, as the priest was reciting the words of the ritual, "May Jesus Christ appear to thee with a mild and joyful countenance!"

Reflection. —St. Camillus venerated the sick as living images of Christ, and by ministering to them in this spirit did penance for the sins of his youth, led a life precious in merit, and from a violent and quarrelsome soldier became a gentle and tender Saint.

Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk




Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Commemoration of St. Symphorosa and Seven Sons, Martyrs

Introit • Ps. 15, 13

Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ps. 40, 2. Blessed is he that understandeth concerning the needy and the poor: the Lord will deliver him in the evil day. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O God, Who didst adorn blessed Camillus with a special gift of charity for the help of souls struggling in their last agony, pour upon us, we beseech Thee, by his merits, the spirit of Thy love, that in the hour of our death we may be worthy to overcome the enemy and attain unto the heavenly crown. Through our Lord.
Commemoration of St. Symphorosa and her seven Sons.

Collect (Prayer)

O God, Who dost permit us to celebrate the birthday of Thy holy martyrs, Symphorosa and her children, mercifully grant that we be kindled by the example of those in whose merits we rejoice. Through our Lord.

Epistle • 1 John 3, 13-18

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed John the Apostle.

[Of the love of God to us. How we may distinguish the children of God and those of the devil. Of loving one another and of purity of conscience.]

BRETHREN beloved, Wonder not, brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not, abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer. And you know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in himself.
In this we have known the charity of God, because he hath laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. He that hath the substance of this world, and shall see his brother in need, and shall shut up his bowels from him: how doth the charity of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word, nor in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

Gradual • Ps. 36, 30, 31

The mouth of the just shall meditate wisdom, and his tongue shall speak judgment. The law of his God is in his heart; and his steps shall not be supplanted.

Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 111, 1. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, he delights exceedingly in His commandments. Alleluia.


Gospel • John 15, 12-16

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John. 

[A continuation of Christ's discourse to his disciples.]

At that time, Jesus said to his disciples, This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do the things that I command you. I will not now call you servants: for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth. But I have called you friends: because all things whatsoever I have heard of my Father, I have made known to you. You have not chosen me: but I have chosen you; and have appointed you, that you should go, and should bring forth fruit; and your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Offertory • Ps. 20, 2, 3

In thy strength, O Lord, the just shall exult and in Thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly: Thou hast given him his heart’s desire.

Secret

May this unspotted victim, with which we renew the great work of Our Lord Jesus Christ’s infinite charity, be, through the intercession of blessed Camillus, our saving remedy against all infirmities of body and soul, and, in the last agony, our solace and protection. Through our Lord.
Commemoration of St. Symphorosa and her seven Sons.

Secret

We offer Thee, O Lord, the gifts of our devotion; may they be rendered both pleasing unto Thee, for the honor of Thy just ones, and to us, through Thy mercy, helpful to salvation. Through our Lord.

Communion • Matt. 25, 36, 40

I was sick and you visited Me: Amen, amen, I say to you, as long as long as you did it to one of these My least brethren, you did it to Me.

Postcommunion

Through this heavenly nourishment which we have received with pious devotion, in celebrating the solemnity of blessed Camillus, Thy confessor, grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that in the hour of our death, refreshed by Thy sacraments, and all our sins forgiven, we may deserve to be taken up, rejoicing, into the bosom of Thy mercy. Who livest.
Commemoration of St. Symphorosa and her seven Sons.

Postcommunion

Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the intercession of Thy holy martyrs, St. Symphorosa and her seven Sons, that what we touch with our lips we may receive with a pure heart. Through our Lord.