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Model of Mercy: St. Camillus de Lellis

By David Werning

As a man who in his youth struggled to live the life to which Christ was calling him, St. Camillus de Lellis provides a perfect example. With St. Camillus as our model, we can:

Always be open to Christ’s love. No matter how much we sin and separate ourselves from our Father, the Lord is ever-present to welcome us home with open arms. The choice, as always, is ours.

Take pride in our work. Because he knew his God-given dignity did not depend on the job he was performing, St. Camillus worked tirelessly at all his tasks — whether mopping hospital floors or serving the religious order he founded.

Love and serve the sick and the poor. St. Camillus recognized that society marginalized those who needed care the most. Let us, too, listen to Christ’s words in Matthew 25 and be inspired to live our lives accordingly.

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