St. Camillus De Lellis — Confessor July 18

St. Camillus was not always a saint. He was, in turn, a soldier, a spendthrift, a patient at a hospital in Rome, a superintendent of a hospital, and the founder of a religious order. Next to God, St. Camillus ascribed his return to God to St. Philip.

Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friend. — Introit

The Imitation of Christ
He that clingeth to the creature shall fall with its falling. He that embraceth Jesus shall be firmly rooted forever.
St. Camillus atoned for the folly of his youth by self-sacrificing devotion to the sick. With a woman’s tenderness he attended to the wants of his patients and no demand of theirs was ever ignored.
Friendship carries with it great responsibility. The friendship between St. Philip and Camillus made a saint of the latter. Are your friends being led to God or away from Him by your example? Don’t say that you have no influence. You may not be conscious of your power but it is there.
Be a friend worth while.