Camillus de Lellis vs. Benedict the Moor

And then, believe it or not, there were eight! Today, and for the rest of the week, we will work our way through the Elate Eight, aka the Round of Saintly Kitsch. Not long from now, one of these saintly souls will be crowned with the 2021 Golden Halo: Camillus de Lellis, Benedict the Moor, Absalom Jones, Catherine Booth, Ives of Kermartin, Arnulf of Metz, Albert the Great, or Catherine of Genoa (who snagged the last spot yesterday by easily dispatching Isidora the Simple 74% to 26%).

The round’s first matchup sees Camillus de Lellis take on Benedict the Moor. To get here, Camillus bested Matthias and Melangell, while Benedict took down Nino of Georgia and Euphrosyne. Don’t forget, you can always pull up more…relevant information about the saints in this round by visiting the Bracket Tab and scrolling down to click on their previous encounters.

What exactly is saintly kitsch? You might say it’s in the eye of the beholder. Or that you know it when you see it. If you need even more insights, check out yesterday’s thrill-a-minute episode of Monday Madness. But, in the end, we hope this round brings out some levity, even as we continue our inspiring Lenten journey.

Camillus de Lellis

Camillus began his life as a soldier and a gambler, hardly the raw ingredients for a man who would become a saint. But God had different plans for Camillus. His journey to sainthood began in earnest when Camillus developed a leg wound that simply would not heal. Too bad he didn’t have any of these nifty Jesus bandages to help.

Alas, adhesive and plastic hadn’t been invented yet, so our rapscallion Camillus ended up in a hospital, but his attitude was as nasty as his leg wound, so he was bounced out of a hospital run by a religious order. He tried to get into another religious order, but his temper and his…well, you don’t need me to tell you his story. You can read it for yourself in this cleverly titled book, A Gamble for God. With a title like that, you know the contents are pure literary poetry.

While you’re reading the book, you’ll probably want to lie back and relax as you discover the amazing details of Camillus’ life. Guess what? There’s a Camillus pillow just for you! It comes complete with a quote that may or may not be something he actually said.

So often, we limit our saints to a flat persona, someone who did holy things for God while missing the fullness of their lives, especially the rough edges that aren’t always so elegant. Well, just in case, you can own this carved statue of Camillus – rough and edgy, just like him!

Camillus is a saint because of the amazing work he did offering care and prayers to the sick and dying. He was a holy hospital administrator, priest, and ran an entire order of lay and ordained who cared for the sick. That takes some admirable organization skills. You, too, can emulate Camillus’ exceptional organizational skills with your very own personalized planner.

Camillus, with his sinner to saint story, reminds us all that we are capable of astonishing things when we give ourselves to God’s love and grace. Camillus founded an order that wears a red cross as a sign of their vows to care for and serve those who are sick. In this time of pandemic, we can all do what we need to do to keep each other as safe as possible – wear a mask, keep physical distance, and get the vaccine. When we do that, we can all be SuperPeople and get a nifty red cross shirt to wear.

–Laurie Brock

Benedict the Moor

After a year of working from home, let’s all take a little trip to celebrate Saint Benedict of Palermo (Benedict the Moor/African, 1526-1589).

We begin in Savannah, Georgia, home to one of many historically Black churches in the United States named for Benedict. Here in the heart of the old South, formerly enslaved persons and their descendants have gathered for almost 150 years. In this place, the community gathered both to share their faith and to provide education for all.

Continuing further south we find ourselves in Venezuela, where different regions of the country hold festivals in honor of San Benedict in December and January. Each of these festivals is a confluence of cultures – where indigenous South American meets Spanish meets African. The fiestas de San Benito provide a touchpoint for Afro-Venezuelans to celebrate their heritage and contributions to society.

Next we take the long trip across the Atlantic, arriving in Palermo, Italy – the home of Saint Benedict’s ministry. Here we can eat at the many local restaurants, remembering Benedict’s gift in the kitchen. We can hike the nearby hills, recalling his time in a hermitage. There, overlooking Palermo, we can spend time reflecting on the example of Benedict while sitting under a 500 year old cypress tree, said to have been planted by the Saint during his life.

And of course, we can visit Benedict himself – he is one of many “incorruptible” saints, his body being discovered preserved when it was exhumed three years after his death.

–David Hansen

Camillus de Lellis vs. Benedict the Moor

  • Benedict the Moor (52%, 3,136 Votes)
  • Camillus de Lellis (48%, 2,898 Votes)

Total Voters: 6,034

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84 Comments to "Camillus de Lellis vs. Benedict the Moor"

  1. John Cabot's Gravatar John Cabot
    March 23, 2021 - 8:01 am | Permalink

    This ex-soldier, no stranger to drill,
    Told his brothers to care for the ill.
    So together they healed
    Those who fell on the field —
    And today they are healing them still.

    • Deborah Kaufman's Gravatar Deborah Kaufman
      March 23, 2021 - 10:05 am | Permalink

      As always, nicely done, John!
      I’m all-in for Benedict the Moor, born of African slaves, who endured racial taunts; known for his charity, patience, tolerance. Especially in a world that is increasingly divided, he is an enduring symbol of hope. Like this:
      “We are one family, united in faith.”
      -St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, Savannah GA [statement on their website]

      • Anne Childs's Gravatar Anne Childs
        March 23, 2021 - 3:10 pm | Permalink

        I am too! Can’t believe we have that much support for Camillus! Really!

  2. Ann's Gravatar Ann
    March 23, 2021 - 8:10 am | Permalink

    Gotta go with Camillus (again), this time for his great stash of saintly kitsch!

  3. Fiona's Gravatar Fiona
    March 23, 2021 - 8:14 am | Permalink

    Struggling to decide having voted for both in previous rounds, I opted to splash in the shallows. Based purely on the kitsch alone, I voted for Camillus. Who wouldn’t want a rough and edgy statue of Camillus gazing at you with resigned disappointment as you go about your day? 😀

    • Debra Southworth's Gravatar Debra Southworth
      March 23, 2021 - 8:43 am | Permalink

      Exactly my reasoning. It was tough.

  4. Jane Bucci's Gravatar Jane Bucci
    March 23, 2021 - 8:14 am | Permalink

    On the day I am scheduled for my first Covid-19 vaccination, Camillus is my man. And thank you John Cabot for putting a lilt in the start of my day.

    • John Cabot's Gravatar John Cabot
      March 23, 2021 - 8:38 am | Permalink

      You’re welcome. We both got our first dose yesterday, which means we’ll have substantial protection by Easter Monday: a pleasant thought.

      Once again, go out of your way to thank a healer today.

      • Elaine Culver's Gravatar Elaine Culver
        March 23, 2021 - 9:07 am | Permalink

        So happy for you! We say, tongue firmly in cheek, that 2 weeks after our second shot, we achieved immortality! Actually, we became significantly less vulnerable and extremely thankful. After working for several years in laboratories and hospitals and knowing people doing basic research, I voted for Camillus. Now to Google Jesus bandaids. There’s no telling what we’ll find out there. I do love saintly kitsch and your limericks!

      • braydon's Gravatar braydon
        March 23, 2021 - 12:20 pm | Permalink

        you are such an incredible poeter

    • Robyn Coffey's Gravatar Robyn Coffey
      March 23, 2021 - 9:01 am | Permalink

      Me too! One shot down any minute now….thank you National Guard!

    • Kris's Gravatar Kris
      March 23, 2021 - 9:08 am | Permalink

      My appointment is today also. That didn’t influence my vote. But this past year probably did.

    • Sue's Gravatar Sue
      March 23, 2021 - 4:46 pm | Permalink

      Indeed, I have to vote for Camillus. As an RN there is no other choice for me. (In spite of the amazing Benedict the Moor)

  5. Christopher Donald's Gravatar Christopher Donald
    March 23, 2021 - 8:19 am | Permalink

    Thanks to Stanley Tucci, Benedict gets my vote.

    • Melissa's Gravatar Melissa
      March 23, 2021 - 8:59 am | Permalink

      why? please say more. 🙂

      • March 23, 2021 - 9:25 am | Permalink

        I believe Christopher is referring to Tucci’s wonderful series of shows on CNN Sunday nights where he goes to different parts of Italy and samples the cuisine and culture. In the last episode, he was in Palermo, and I’ve got to say Palermo is gorgeous. Just added it to my bucket list. St. Benedict is another good reason to go to Palermo. He’s got my vote, too.

  6. Rebecca's Gravatar Rebecca
    March 23, 2021 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    Mine was a vote for Camillus, not against Benedict the Moor.

  7. Judy Artley's Gravatar Judy Artley
    March 23, 2021 - 8:25 am | Permalink

    I voted for Camillis the rough-edged healer, in honor of my father in law, a real-life House character.

  8. simple village priest's Gravatar simple village priest
    March 23, 2021 - 8:30 am | Permalink

    Camillus. Because wear those masks, stay safe, and schedule that vaccination. (I’ve gotten my first shot.)

  9. Susan C.'s Gravatar Susan C.
    March 23, 2021 - 8:34 am | Permalink

    I vote for Benedict the Moor, who came out of slavery, who had a lifelong commitment to God, who rose above racial barriers to be canonized, who had the gift of healing, and who was a divine cook. To top it off, today’s episode featured St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, of Savannah, GA, the city in which I was born and lived for the first 13 years of my life. Predictably, my young white mind, was unaware of the church,

  10. Judith Davita-Rauch's Gravatar Judith Davita-Rauch
    March 23, 2021 - 8:43 am | Permalink

    This is SO hard. Camillus certainly had quite the conversion, and used his strength for those who desperately needed it. Benedict served God in the kitchen, and welcomed sisters and brothers in a time of hunger, accepting them as they were at the moment they showed up hungry. I’ve got to vote for Benedict as he overcame a legacy of slavery to serve God. Yep, pretty sure…

  11. David S., an old white man's Gravatar David S., an old white man
    March 23, 2021 - 8:57 am | Permalink

    This is Professor X (Camilus: busted leg, old and cranky, thinks he’s still the boss of everyone while coming off as a do-gooder) vs. Magneto (and I quote from opening round: “Benedict became known as a healer with the ability to read minds. So many people came for healing that Benedict got in trouble; he continued his ministry but hid in the bushes and healed visitors before they got into the monastery”).
    Everyone knows Magneto is more powerful and awesome than Professor X. Vote for Benedict, not the whimpering old white man.

  12. Kate Cabot's Gravatar Kate Cabot
    March 23, 2021 - 9:00 am | Permalink

    Camillus has the better kitsch but Benedict has my heart today.

  13. March 23, 2021 - 9:08 am | Permalink

    I went back and read about both Camillus and Benedict and only then did i realize that BOTH were engaged in ministries of healing.

    I have decided to go with Benedict the Moor (African) even though I expect Camillus will win

  14. Melissa's Gravatar Melissa
    March 23, 2021 - 9:09 am | Permalink

    This is a really hard contest with both Saints being very inspirational.
    I must say that I adore Camillus, with his rough and prickly exterior, but the way that he pushes through his quarrelsome names to become a Saint. His Kitsch is amazing (our RC siblings seem to love him!) and if you google his quotes you can see many of them on many different plaques, cards, and pillows. (He is a little fixated on getting to Heaven in my opinion but that may have been due to the pain of his injured leg.)
    In the end I voted for Benedict, because I think now is the right time for us to raise our voices on behalf of our Saints of African descent.
    I think both of these Saints have brought blessings into our lives today.

  15. Elaine Culver's Gravatar Elaine Culver
    March 23, 2021 - 9:10 am | Permalink

    All honor to St. Benedict. Nevertheless, after spending several years working in hospitals and labs, my vote goes to St. Camillus. I have to say, the Jesus bandaids raise kitsch to a new level.

  16. Bette Ashcroft's Gravatar Bette Ashcroft
    March 23, 2021 - 9:11 am | Permalink

    What loyal church member can not relate to the sentiment of the Camillus pillow? Stewardship calls! Piles of dirty dishes! Reminds me of the old chestnut hymn, the “Saints of God”:
    “You can meet them at school, or in lanes, or at sea, in church, or in trains, or in shops or at tea, for the saints of God are folk just like me, and I mean to be one too”

    • March 23, 2021 - 9:53 am | Permalink

      I dunno. My Camillus Pillow doesn’t do it for me. The My Pillow guy has made it hard for me to think of pillows without thinking of whacked-out, conspiracy-theorizing, fanatical, “Christian” supporters of disgraced former presidents (not to put too fine a point on it). I’m sure is a great guy but I will sleep Moor soundly if I vote for Benedict.

  17. Alethea Eason's Gravatar Alethea Eason
    March 23, 2021 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    Camillus for a dear sister who has dedicated her life to working with the Red Cross.

  18. March 23, 2021 - 9:30 am | Permalink

    I’m voting for St. Benedict, in spite of Camillus’s incredible kitsch. I’ve been calling on his angels to help me in the kitchen, and while I’m still dropping things, I think I’m better humored about it.

  19. Judith Crossett's Gravatar Judith Crossett
    March 23, 2021 - 9:37 am | Permalink

    Camillus. For being a very rough diamond whom God loved–as we should remember to find the diamond (somewhere) in our un-lovable brothers and sisters. For that quotation, which I am going to cling to. (if it wasn’t by Camillus, it was said by another guy with the same name, as they say of authorship of Shakespeare). And yes, vaccine, mask, wash hands, social distance. But I wish Benedict could be runner-up at the end.

  20. March 23, 2021 - 9:37 am | Permalink

    I voted Moor because we need more like him. Haha. Albeit we could learn and benefit certainly no doubt from Camillus. They are both speaking to my heart…..I am glad God gives us all different gifts to use to his glory… is such a beautiful thing. Lent Madness is also something I need “Moor” of each year. And, Thank you Lent Madness creators & community and may Lent Madness be for you a part of an enriching Lenten journey. Peace.

  21. Millie Ericson's Gravatar Millie Ericson
    March 23, 2021 - 9:49 am | Permalink

    Oh, my! Too close to call at this hour. Camillus had THE BEST kitsch!! Benedict is more likeable and I loved the travelogue showing how universal he is. Here’s to both in this heated contest. (I decided to go with Camillus because of the amazing kitsch but it was a tough decision.)

  22. Emily's Gravatar Emily
    March 23, 2021 - 10:02 am | Permalink

    My money is on Camillus! My 2nd nursing assignment was St Camillus Hall in. Baltimore, MD.

  23. Beth's Gravatar Beth
    March 23, 2021 - 10:16 am | Permalink

    I cannot possibly vote based on today’s summaries….very odd. 🙂
    Luckily we have past stories of these saints to go on. I have been so impressed with everything written about Benedict. Consistently good and gentle throughout his life. My utmost respect and admiration goes to those who never have the need to overcome the rough edges.

  24. Carol Buckalew's Gravatar Carol Buckalew
    March 23, 2021 - 10:24 am | Permalink

    Tough choice today as I’ve supported both so far. But based on kitsch alone I voted for Camillus. I wonder what the free prize is in the Jesus bandaids?

  25. Miss Jan's Gravatar Miss Jan
    March 23, 2021 - 10:35 am | Permalink

    It was a hard choice (and they are only a few votes apart is I type this), but I voted for Benedict of Palermo (nice that his write up mentioned him by that name).

    As Judith Davita-Rauch wrote above, “Benedict served God in the kitchen, and welcomed sisters and brothers in a time of hunger, accepting them as they were at the moment they showed hungry.” At the parish to which I belong we have an emergency food program that for two hours a day six days a week, even in the midst of the pandemic, offers food to anyone who comes to the cathedral doors, as often as they come. We don’t ask for ID or income information or immigration status. So for the volunteers who have been able to keep that ministry going, I vote for Benedict.

    And if you are interested in learning more about our hunger ministries . . . see

  26. Kathy in Nicaragua's Gravatar Kathy in Nicaragua
    March 23, 2021 - 10:41 am | Permalink

    I also have voted for both of these saints since the first round. I was pretty convinced that Benedict would win, so I went ahead and voted for Camillus for the kitsch — so well done, Laurie Brock. But as of now (10:30) the voting is too close to call! I would like to note that as well as setting aside 24 saints to await another chance at the Golden Halo (but not next year!), 7 of the 12 Celebrity Bloggers are done for the year. I really admire the work the CB’s put in so that we can all learn so much and be so inspired, especially this year with the bracket full of heretofore unheard of saints (e.g., Tarcisius). And congratulations to David Hansen for still having all three of his saints in the Elate Eight! That’s a lot of kitsch research there, David.

    • March 23, 2021 - 12:28 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, Kathy! The SEC is keeping me busy in this years battle for the Golden Halo

  27. Lee Greenawalt's Gravatar Lee Greenawalt
    March 23, 2021 - 10:53 am | Permalink

    I lift up Benedict to be followed as inspiration. Suffering as an innocent rather than as a result of going to war, He did not retort to taunts but worked to fulfill basic human needs of others, showing a right spirit.

    • braydon's Gravatar braydon
      March 23, 2021 - 12:21 pm | Permalink

      Nice post Lee!

  28. Richard Kurzmann's Gravatar Richard Kurzmann
    March 23, 2021 - 10:58 am | Permalink

    Benedict is a worthy opponent, a healer of the sick. However, in the year of COVID how can you not vote for Camillus who cared for the sick and dying.

  29. TJMannion's Gravatar TJMannion
    March 23, 2021 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    Wow what a squeaker so far. 27 vote difference at this writing. I had to go with Camillus, because that pillow spoke to me!

  30. Tessa's Gravatar Tessa
    March 23, 2021 - 11:25 am | Permalink

    Another difficult choice, though if it was strictly on the quality of the kitsch it would certainly be Camillus.
    And on an unrelated note, thank you all who are rolling up their sleeves in the pursuit of public health. My state hasn’t yet got to my group (50-64, not in priority occupations nor with serious health conditions) and so it will be a while before I get my Fauci ouchie.

    • EllieT's Gravatar EllieT
      March 23, 2021 - 11:57 am | Permalink

      Fauci ouchie = perfect! Let’s nominate Anthony Fauci for LM 2022. (Getting my #2 this Saturday, hurray!!)

      • Verdery Kassebaum's Gravatar Verdery Kassebaum
        March 23, 2021 - 3:20 pm | Permalink

        Tessa, people have to have been dead for a while (I don’t know the exact number of years) before they can be even nominated for sainthood. Every once in a while, someone proposes Fred Rogers for Lent Madness and is told to wait.

        • Tessa's Gravatar Tessa
          March 23, 2021 - 6:39 pm | Permalink

          I wasn’t nominating Dr. Fauci, though many of the key figures in the COVID fight may well be worthy of consideration in the distant future. The minimum period between death and the beginning of the sainthood process is 5 years though this can be waived by the Pope, and then there’s the waiting for miracles attributed to the candidate to be substantiated since the miracles are usually healing from serious illness.
          And the requirement for the SEC to consider a nomination is that the person has to be on one of the calendars of saints, I believe, though not necessarily the Catholic Church. Frances Perkins and Dietrich Bonhoeffer are two modern saints who have been voted worthy of the Golden Halo in the last few years.

    • Verdery Kassebaum's Gravatar Verdery Kassebaum
      March 23, 2021 - 3:16 pm | Permalink

      “Fauci ouchie”—-brilliant!!

  31. Anne B's Gravatar Anne B
    March 23, 2021 - 11:30 am | Permalink

    The prospect of and the acknowledgement of redemption are very important to me. Though I have voted for Benedict twice and acknowledge his goodness, it’s the self-acknowledged sinner who turned his life around who gets my vote today.

    March 23, 2021 - 11:36 am | Permalink

    Wow. Both Franciscans, both committed to caring for those in need. Sure we can’t vote for both?!?!?!?!
    Anyway, I voted for Camillus as he is the patron saint of hospitals, nurses and doctors – who have deserved every bit of praise and support (and MORE) during this time of pandemic.

  33. Donna Devlin's Gravatar Donna Devlin
    March 23, 2021 - 11:43 am | Permalink

    Being rough and edgy myself I voted for Camillus and I WANT A STATUE! Great kitsch!

  34. Gaen M.'s Gravatar Gaen M.
    March 23, 2021 - 11:56 am | Permalink

    I love how Camillus changed so much to become a healer and hospital (or equivalent thereof) administrator — energetic uses for his soldier nature and prickly personality. Given that he was a soldier, who’s to say his “difficult” nature didn’t result from the kind of head injury that can lead to difficult/violent behavior or from some other war injury. Was he a vet with what we would now identify as PTSD?

    Benedict the African was also a healer and overcame all that comes with being born into slavery. Given that we are still coming to terms with our nation’s slave-owning past, and all the evils that that is still bringing us, and that I have been thinking about same while reading Isabel Wilkerson’s insightful, thought-provoking, and eloquent Caste, I’m voting for Benedict.

    But I find both of today’s saints so inspiring. It’s a tough choice.

  35. Kitty's Gravatar Kitty
    March 23, 2021 - 11:56 am | Permalink

    It was a toss up, I love them both. In this time of racial violence and Rex Treme hate being applauded I had to go with St Benedict.

  36. St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
    March 23, 2021 - 11:57 am | Permalink

    Well done, bloggers! I voted for Camillus for the kitsch. Bonus points for “Alas, adhesive and plastic hadn’t been invented yet.” Actually, “adhesive” just means “sticky stuff,” and while india rubber hadn’t arrived in Europe yet and wouldn’t until the 18th century, our medievals did have “glue” starting in the 14th century from casein, and lime for their mortar (don’t leave your leg bandages out in the rain!); and of course icon writers had been using egg yolk since “forever” to hold pigments to backings. And maybe other things for us who have the miracle of an entire repository of digital factoids at our fingertips! I have to say I’m grossed out at the mummy of St. Benedict in its glass case. That was a tricky card to play, David Hansen, but you played it to win. It is at least not as horrifying a mummy as St. Catherine of Bologna on her throne. Every enclosed monastic in the middle ages must have known that he or she might end up on display at the end of his or her life on earth, and one can only imagine the rivalries that might have stirred up in the hearts of the less spiritually advanced among the communities. It’s only now that I comprehend the dismay and shame that Alyosha felt in The Brothers Karamozov when his saintly mentor Father Zosima died and stank after three days; everyone had been convinced that he too would be an “incorruptible.” Perhaps Dostoyevsky should be required reading of all monks and nuns so that these poor cadavers can finally be decently put to rest. In any case, I am not sufficiently otherworldly not to note that if Benedict does advance, and if Absalom Jones manages (by some miracle!) to edge past Catherine Booth, we will have two black saints in the final round, and since “representation matters,” that would be a symbolic moment indeed in Lent Madness. But please, let’s not put mummified corpses on the swag mugs. Some traditions should be left in the dustbin of history.

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 23, 2021 - 12:30 pm | Permalink

      I second the motion—no mummy mugs!

  37. Nancy's Gravatar Nancy
    March 23, 2021 - 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Voted for Camillus today, but not against Benedict. Absalom Jones for the Golden Halo!

  38. Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
    March 23, 2021 - 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Laurie, your kitchen was outstanding. Way to think outside the box!

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 23, 2021 - 12:31 pm | Permalink

      Oops… that’s kitch… Autocorrect strikes again, and I failed to catch it!

  39. St. Celia's Gravatar St. Celia
    March 23, 2021 - 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Come on in my Kitchen.

    • Isabelle's Gravatar Isabelle
      March 23, 2021 - 1:47 pm | Permalink

      Wow, great blues! Very moving montage, I feel the bleakness and the poverty pulling at my heart.
      I have been agonizing between the two healing saints, but this poignant reminder of the Black experience here in the US is sending me toward voting for Benedict the Moor.

      • JoJo's Gravatar JoJo
        March 23, 2021 - 2:35 pm | Permalink

        YouTube Blues. Way down South, we’d call that old SOUL music.
        Moving, impactful, and full of emotions. You are with that musician in the kitchen,
        either as a participant or observer, you feel the experience.

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 23, 2021 - 2:48 pm | Permalink

      That was very cool. The photographs were fantastic! Now I need to go in my kitchen. No rain yet, but I’m way overdue for lunch!

  40. Judith Mack's Gravatar Judith Mack
    March 23, 2021 - 1:09 pm | Permalink

    I voted for St. Camillus because he accomplished so much while being crotchety at times. I find that hopeful in my imperfect life.
    It was extraordinarily difficult and I would have voted for St Benedict to honor his sainthood and all of African descent had another choice been available.
    I am appalled at Christians denouncing other Christians. Only God knows what is in our hearts, but denouncing any Christian seems very UN-Christian to me.

  41. JustMeJo's Gravatar JustMeJo
    March 23, 2021 - 1:10 pm | Permalink

    I must say, today has been the most fun and uplifting so far in the comments arena! Like almost everyone so far, I had voted for both of these worthy saints all along, so I knew the choice was going to be difficult, but at the moment of selecting which button to push, I chose for the one who put food on empty tables, as that is where I am focusing nearly all of my donations these days.

  42. JoJo's Gravatar JoJo
    March 23, 2021 - 1:41 pm | Permalink

    It’s going to be a buzzer-beater today, whoever gets the last votes wins.
    Both are saints fort our time of pandemic & recognizing systemic racism.
    I admire Camillus for his organizational skills, but Benedict had me in Savannah.
    Also I attended a Black Church Sunday to hear an old colleague & friend preach,
    what an amazing, wonderful & uplifting experience it was!!

  43. Meredith Hales's Gravatar Meredith Hales
    March 23, 2021 - 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Got my second Covid vaccine today! They didn’t have any Jesus bandaids, though.

    • Susan Lee Hauser's Gravatar Susan Lee Hauser
      March 23, 2021 - 2:53 pm | Permalink

      Haha! Maybe I’ll replace their bandaid with a Jesus bandaid for my second Covid shot. I actually have some!

  44. Marybeth's Gravatar Marybeth
    March 23, 2021 - 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Second shot down. Can finally meet my 9th grandchild by flying to California.

  45. MARY ROSA's Gravatar MARY ROSA
    March 23, 2021 - 2:18 pm | Permalink


  46. Pamela Payne's Gravatar Pamela Payne
    March 23, 2021 - 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Totally great kitsch! Kudos to Laurie and David for their hard work and dedication to their saints. It gets so much harder as we move into the final rounds, especially when I voted for both contestants previously. Pandemic sick care wins today, but feeding the hungry is like unto it.

  47. Rene Jamieson's Gravatar Rene Jamieson
    March 23, 2021 - 3:16 pm | Permalink

    What to do? What to do? After reading and re-reading all the write ups about Camillus and Benedict, I finally, and with great difficulty, voted for Camillus. Why? Because Benedict with his forgiving nature and gentle ways had a head start on Camillus when it came to sainthood. Camillus, rough hewn as he was, had a great deal of self to overcome to become a committed servant of God.

  48. Barbara Brooks's Gravatar Barbara Brooks
    March 23, 2021 - 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I like both these guys, but I voted for Benedict. I really want to see him and Absalom Jones vying for the Golden Halo.

    • Ken Howard's Gravatar Ken Howard
      March 23, 2021 - 4:29 pm | Permalink


    • Kate Cabot's Gravatar Kate Cabot
      March 23, 2021 - 6:36 pm | Permalink

      This is also the match I would like to see!

  49. Shelly's Gravatar Shelly
    March 23, 2021 - 3:56 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been looking forward to the levity of the Kitsch Round even more this year. By this time, the decision making has become increasingly difficult, so I am basing my Kitsch Round votes entirely on the kitsch. It made it much easier to decide today: Camillus.

    March 23, 2021 - 5:10 pm | Permalink

    I can never find a bandaid when needed, so had to go with Camillus.

    • Donna Devlin's Gravatar Donna Devlin
      March 23, 2021 - 6:06 pm | Permalink

      Those Jesus bandaids are sooo cool! I just ordered some to give several to all my families in my church school. Go Camillus!

  51. Laura S's Gravatar Laura S
    March 23, 2021 - 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Seems more like the author of Camillus was selling an image rather than emphasizing his virtues. Benedict Moor’s dedication to the marginalized races is both virtuous and inspiring. Moor has my vote.

    • Shelly's Gravatar Shelly
      March 24, 2021 - 4:03 pm | Permalink

      It’s the kitsch round!

  52. Cameron's Gravatar Cameron
    March 23, 2021 - 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Had to go with Camillus…loved the pillow with the quote about commitment. As someone who loves to commit and then grouses about it when the time comes to follow through, I could relate!

  53. Jeanine JJ's Gravatar Jeanine JJ
    March 23, 2021 - 7:46 pm | Permalink

    This decision was so difficult, I didn’t vote in the morning as usual, but waited so that I could read what others contributed. Geesh! That didn’t really help as now I’m more undecided than ever on these two.
    Reading others’ comments about mummies reminded me of a souvenir shop on the waterfront in Seattle that featured a mummy named Sylvester in a glass case…gross indeed.
    So, as someone who has two artificial knees and bad feet, my sympathies tend toward cranky Camillus and his swag.

  54. Bev Ridpath's Gravatar Bev Ridpath
    March 24, 2021 - 6:27 am | Permalink

    My vote is for Camillus because his order is still doing good work with Aids orphans in Southern India today – and in other parts of the world I am sure. He was my favorite for the Golden Halo because we surely need feisty healers right now. But alas, I fear he is doomed unless a whole lot of early morning support comes his way. So sad!

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