The Pomegranate

the_pomegranate_1The Hospitaller Order of St. John of God was born in the Spanish city of Granada. Its name is the Spanish word for ‘pomegranate’ and the city, logically, uses the fruit as its symbol. This, in itself, could explain the Order’s choice of symbol. However, the pomegranate is also known to some as “God’s fruit.” In Exodus (28:33-34) we learn that God gave orders to Moses to put embroidered pomegranates of blue, purple and scarlet with golden bells between at the bottom of the high priest’s blue robe or ephod. As protection against death when he entered the Holy of Holies, Aaron was to wear this pomegranate-embroidered robe.

In almost every religion the pomegranate has been used as a symbol of humanity’s most fundamental beliefs and desires—life and death, birth and eternal life, fertility and marriage, abundance and prosperity. To Jews the pomegranate represents righteousness; to Christians it means life and hope of eternal life.

To the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, the combined symbols of the pomegranate and the cross represent “charity and sacrifice.” The bursting fruit expresses the need for love to expand, and the cross reminds us that there can be no charity without sacrifice.

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Good to see Brother Gary back at Camillus House.
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Good to see Brother Gary back at Camillus House.
#HospitallerGiving #OurDailyHabitsDay Center clients celebrated Camillus' 57th Anniversary with ice cream sundaes today!!! Brother Gary also shared some kind words. To make the treats even sweeter, staff served the desserts.
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BTW... Brother Gary is an excellent cook!!! Hopefully is culinary talents can be sampled!!!

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#HospitallerGiving #OurDailyhabitsIn 1989, Brother Harry Somerville started Camillus' first substance abuse treatment program. This program that he began more than 27 years ago is still operating today and maintains a 77% success rate. ... See MoreSee Less

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#HospitallerGiving #OurDailyHabitsIn the 1970s, Brother Paul Johnson led Camillus House, endearing himself to the homeless. He served the community selflessly for close to two decades. ... See MoreSee Less

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THANK YOU, (Bro) Paul Johnson, for all those wonderful years, serving the poor of Miami! I am so grateful that this was shared!

Camillus House a sponsored ministry of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God Province of the Good Shepherd.
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Camillus House a sponsored ministry of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God Province of the Good Shepherd.
#HospitallerGiving #OurDailyHabitsCamillus House celebrates 57 years of service on August 20, 2017. Beginning today, we will look back upon our humble beginnings and take a walk down memory lane. Check in daily to learn more about our agency’s compelling story.
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What year was that photo taken?

Congratulations!

It looks like it's probably before 1970 - mid to late '60s

.....possibly, even 1963!

Celebrating Brother Mathias Day - August 12, 2017.
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Celebrating Brother Mathias Day - August 12, 2017.
#HospitallerGiving #OurDailyHabitsBrother Mathias Barrett, Founder
Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd
March 15, 1900 – August 12, 1990
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One of my high school classmates has a son who has a drug affliction. He is having difficulty adhering to his treatment program. I told her to pray and ask Br. Mathias for his help. From the stories I've heard about Br Mathias, I know he loved the poor and had compassion for those who suffer from substance abuse.

Continue with the good works of mercy.

Happy brother Matthias day Uncle Maurice x x looking down on us all from heaven

Brother Alphonsus celebrating with Brother Tom and Brother Charles on the East Coast.
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Brother Alphonsus celebrating with Brother Tom and Brother Charles on the East Coast.
#HospitallerGiving #OurDailyHabitsCelebrating Br. Alphonsus' Feast Day!
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HAPPY FEAST DAY, Bro Alphonsus!, who is in New Jersey, with the Brothers there! I tried calling you (Bro A) on the phone, but the message said that your mail-box was full! Miss you! "COME HOME SOON! Take your time and enjoy, actually!