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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Preserved Heart Of Saint Camillus

My wife told me about this preserved heart of a saint she got to see up close when she passed by the chapel of Southern Philippines Medical Center or SPMC (formerly known as Davao Medical Center).  It got me curious, who wouldn't want to see a heart of a real saint preserved though centuries?  It's one of a lifetime opportunity but missed it.  Wifey told me it only stayed there for hours.
 

So I did some surfing.  Saint Camillus de Lellis died on July 14, 1614, and his traveling heart is part of the commemoration of his 400-year death anniversary celebration.  Also, his dedication in caring for the ill made him the patron saint of the sick, hospitals and health workers, this besides the chapel being named after the patron saint, might be the very reason why his blessed remains was chosen to visit the chapel at SPMC.

But then again, as we Catholics are always reminded, that such relics do not posses the power to heal sickness or take away your problems, it is there simply to remind us of people who made sacrifices and offer their lives to Christ, that we may also follow their footsteps and be inspired of their works. 

According to a Camillian priest, St. Camillus' heart can be viewed within the country through a series of pilgrimages before it will be returned to Rome on March 11 of this year.

Other information and details from their poster Journey of the Heart that may answer queries about the pilgrimage schedules:
  • The pilgrimage duration will be from February 18 to March 10, 2013;
  • Visiting Philippine places in Metro Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Mati and Calbayog Cities;
  • You can also visit: www.facebook.com/TheCamillian; and/or
  • Contact them at 0917-6039241.

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he shall be forgiven by him - James 5:15.  Yahweh bless.

18 comments:

  1. Wow that's amazing... a preserved heart. Gives me goosebumps now.

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  2. This would really be a great religious journey especially now that it's holy week.

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  3. Very interesting. Saint Camillus is a very nice saint

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  4. I still maintain that our prayer to our God does help more. Preserving her heart is another thing and it's supported by some.

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  5. Though I am not a Catholic, seeing a Saint's heart in person is a an experience to cherish. Swerte ng wifey mo.

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  6. wow, what a nice place to pray and meditate :)

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  7. Heard and watched the news about this.If only I have time, I will also visit and see the sacred heart

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  8. It is kind of creepy but if it really helps the people, then, I see no bad things from it. :D

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  9. For the devoted, this is a post that they can look into if ever they want to see the preserved heart.

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  10. i cannot relate to this religious thing. though its nice too know something like this as well. learning new things adds up more knowledge. Great to everyone who will be reading this. Nice histoty too! xx

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  11. I only seen it when it was televised in Tv Patrol. If I knew they passed by in DMC, we would have visit there.

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  12. I've never heard about Saint Camillus until now. I hope I could still see his preserved heart someday.

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  13. I don't know much about Catholics though I've lived in this Catholic country for years. The many saints and concepts confuse me. XD

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  14. There is a face in the heart, so i thought it is the face of the saint. Can you see what I am seeing? There is something that formed.

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  15. Visiting and seeing this is a big milestone for a true true-blooded pilgrim.

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  16. my only hope is that people would direct their faith to God instead of on a preserved heart. you see, some can be a fanatic and that's not a good thing

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  17. Wow! I would love to visit SPMC if I have time and have a look at St. Camillus' heart. :D

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  18. a preserved heart.. hmm.. sounds very interesting.. I don't know who saint camillus is so thanks for the information! :)

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