The Feast of the Conversion of St. Camillus de Lellis: A Call to Ecological Conversion

It was at San Giovanni Rotondo in the Valle dell’Inferno (Manfredonia), while Camillus was preparing to transport material provisions to the Capuchin convent in Manfredonia, Father Angelo accosted him with paternal and admonishing words that touched and made him reflect all night long. The next day (February 2, 1575), the feast of the Presentation of our Lord, as he descended towards Manfredonia along the valley of hell, his conscience was deeply troubled as if he was struck by lightning which threw him to the ground from his donkey. He beats his chest with a stone, asking God’s forgiveness for his past life and resolving to do true penance.