May 26: St. Philip Neri

St. Philip Neri was an engaging Italian Saint known for his keen sense of humor and practical piety. He was a missionary and founder of the Congregation of the Oratory in Rome. He had a knack for helping people find or rediscover their faith in Jesus Christ. He encouraged groups of people to gather for discussions, studies, prayers, and enjoyment of music. Although we think of gathering to pray and support one another as basic elements of parish life today, the Church in the 16th century thought such things were innovative and even radical. St. Philip’s customary question was always, “Well, brothers and sisters, when shall we begin to do good?” Let’s hope and pray that “doing good” will never be seen as either innovative or radical.

Let us pray. “God in heaven, you continually raise up your faithful people to the glory of holiness. In your love, kindle in us the fire of your Holy Spirit who so filled the heart of St. Philip Neri. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

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