St. Camillus of Lellis

Camillus de lellisSt. Camillus of Lellis was born in 1550 of a noble family. He tried twice to enter the Capuchin Order, but each time had to leave on account of a sore on his leg. He then spent his life in ministering to the sick in the hospitals of St. Giacomo degli Incurabili, and of Santo Spirito. He instituted a congregation of regular Clerics, devoted to the care of the sick. St. Philip Neri who at one time was his confessor, saw in a vision that the angels themselves inspired the Religious instituted by him with words best suited to comfort the dying. Leo XIII appointed him the celestial patron of those who are at the point of death; his name is in the Liturgy of the Dying. He died in Rome, July 14, 1614.

(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)

Our Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel

Our-Lady-of-Mt.-CarmelToday the whole Latin Church joins with the Friars of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel in celebrating the munificence of the Mother of God towards this Order which is dedicated to her.

The origin of this illustrious brotherhood which has given so many saints to the Church, is well known. A little while before the year 1185, a priest of Calabria having had a revelation of the prophet Elias, ascended Mount Carmel and began to restore one of the four ancient monasteries which he found there, and of which only the foundations remained.

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