Friday, July 17, 2020

Feast of St Camillus, the Priest - Nurse.

"When Jesus realized this [the plot on His life] he withdrew from that place. Many people followed him, and he cured them all, but he warned them not to make him known." (Matthew 12: 15 - 16).

Saturday 18th July 2020, 15th Week in Ordinary Time is the feast of St Camillus de Lellis. (1550 -1614). Italian. Priest. Camillus gave his life to Jesus after a troubled youth. He worked in Giacomo Hospital. While working here, he heard the call from God to found an order dedicated to the care of the sick. God gave St Camillus a special love for the sick. He founded the Order of the Camellians and improved the treatment and care of hospital patients.

When Jesus retreated to the countryside to avoid his enemies, many sick people followed Him. He cured them all. People sought after Jesus because of His compassionate healing ministry. For Jesus, there was no need for hospitalization. He healed the sick instantly.

The Church founded early hospital systems and have been a key player in health-care services. San Giocomo Hospital was founded in in the 14th century by the Church to deal with the epidemic of syphilis in Rome.

Are you sick and in need of healing? Do you realize that you can lay hand on yourself, family, friends and call on Jesus with faith to heal . This should be the first step before going to the hospital. Medications and hospitals are gift of God to mankind. They should be used with deep gratitude to God.  Jesus is still active in the healing ministry and testimonies abound.

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