"Give me ten men really detached from the world, and I have the heart to believe I could convert the world with them." -St. Philip Neri
Too many people have yet to hear about St. Philip Neri, a man of both simplicity and remarkable effectiveness in preaching the Gospel and leading souls to Our Lord.
This year we will see the beatification of the great John Henry Cardinal Newman, English convert and priest of the Oratory. The Congregation of the Oratory was founded by St. Philip Neri in Rome in the 16th century. Sadly, many people are unfamiliar with the life, work, and the vision of St. Philip Neri – the founder of the order that Newman chose as his own after becoming a Roman Catholic.
In a real sense, St. Philp Neri was Newman's "spiritual father" and he worked tirelessly to renew the Church from its center. There are two meanings to this statement - the center being orthodoxy and, of course, the center being Rome.
Today, May 26, if the Feast of St. Philip Neri - Apostle of Rome.
"Let us concentrate ourselves so completely in the divine love, and enter so far into the living fountain of wisdom, through the wounded Side of our Incarnate God, that we may deny ourselves and our self-love, and so be unable to find our way out of that Wound again." - St. Philip Neri
Read the rest of our St. Philip Neri article here.
Read more about the Congregation of the Oratory here.