Placed within a rectangular chest, painted with earth pigments into order to portray our earthly reality, the portrayal of this event of high human and spiritual value is directed towards the faithful. This is a war setting with exploding weapons and barbed wire which, however, invites the observer to pursue peace and love strongly with deeds of the great mercy and compassion of the figures who are portrayed. The blue night sky with the moon refer to the nights of pain of mankind: there are twelve shining stars and between them there is the sun, portraying the totality of humanity and the creation, which groans and suffers because of sin and the tragedy of divisions and wars.
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The pure gold leaf, a very valuable metal that does not corrode, represents divine life, its splendour, the eternal life that is reflected in the halo of the saint which shines behind his face. Thus the night is also illuminated by a mosaic of pure gold leaf with small and large tiles in different forms. Each tile in the mosaic represents each one of us, redeemed by the Easter of Christ and transfigured by his light and his love. At the centre of the work stands out the pyramidal image of St.
Camillus and two soldiers in camouflaged combat clothing, in a movement of a single embrace, to bear witness to the act of charity that has been engaged in.
The bandaged wounds, and above all the face of the wounded man, clearly evoke Christ, whom St. Camillus saw and loved in every suffering person.
Indeed, St. Camillus looks at his face with an expression of love, while the health-care worker, on whose lap the wounded man rests and is comforted, looks with compassion at his wounds.
The wounded soldier has put his helmet on the ground to one side and in his hand he holds an olive branch, the symbol of brotherhood and peace. This is a work that portrays the great vocation and mission of St.
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Camillus de Lellis and of military health care but which also involves all health-care workers and all of us. Mt 36, Ministers of the Infirm Camillian Religious. Dal 2 febbraio al 31 marzo pellegrinaggio della Riliquia del cuore di San Camillo nelle Filippine Raduno della famiglia carismatica camilliana — Roma Marzo Ettore Boschini Camillus and two soldiers in camouflaged combat clothing, in a movement of a single embrace, to bear witness to the act of charity that has been engaged in The bandaged wounds, and above all the face of the wounded man, clearly evoke Christ, whom St.
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In he was made bishop of Tours , and outside that city he founded another monastery, Marmoutier, to which he withdrew whenever possible. As bishop, Martin made Marmoutier a great monastic complex to which European ascetics were attracted and from which apostles spread Christianity throughout Gaul. He himself was an active missionary in Touraine and in the country districts where Christianity was as yet barely known.
Although Martin opposed Priscillianism, a heretical doctrine renouncing all pleasures, he protested to Maximus against the killing of heretics and against civil interference in ecclesiastical matters. During his lifetime, Martin acquired a reputation as a miracle worker, and he was one of the first nonmartyrs to be publicly venerated as a saint.
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Thank you for your feedback. See Article History. Facts Matter. Start Your Free Trial Today. Learn More in these related Britannica articles:. In the case of Martin — , a former Roman soldier turned wandering holy man, monastic asceticism was combined with the office episcopal, as Martin eventually became bishop of Tours in Gaul.