In 1582, this crucifix comforted St. Camillus de Lellis with these words, "Take courage, faint-hearted one. Continue the work you have begun. I will be with you because it is My work." This work was the founding of an order of lay infirmarians, the Servants of the Sick, who cared for the sick as living images of Christ. St. Camillus himself took attention to every detail of the patient's bodily and spiritual needs and by doing so made up for the many sins of his youth.
The crucifix continues to be venerated in the Church of Mary Magdalene in Rome.
"The inner life of another that is known to God alone becomes to a much less degree open to us through friendship. It partially fills the desire of our incomplete, lonely hearts for completeness in another. Friendship brings out the best in a person through forgetfulness of self." - St. Thomas Aquinas