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SAINT PHILIP NERI

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Saint Philip Neri: Apostle of Rome and Founder of the Congregation of the Oratory
by Fr. V. J. Matthews.

"Rome is to be your Indies." With these words from a saintly monk, St. Philip Neri (1515-1595) was given his vocation--not to the far-off missions, but to the City of Rome. At the beginning of the 16th century, the people of Rome lived in a state of spiritual laxity. But by the end of the century, Rome was a different city, largely because of one man--St. Philip Neri.

At the age of 29, while praying earnestly for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, Philip had an extraordinary experience of divine love. From that time on there began a palpitation of his heart which lasted the rest of his life. At times it became so violent that it shook his chair, his bed, or even his whole room. Ever after, he felt a sense of burning heat in the region of his heart and throat, so that he was always trying to keep cool by opening windows and unbuttoning his cassock. After his death, his heart was found to be so enlarged that the two ribs over it were broken and arched outwards–they had been thus for 50 years!

On fire with the love of God, Philip converted and sanctified innumerable souls by preaching in the marketplaces, hearing confessions and directing souls, counseling bishops and popes, caring for the sick, ministering to needy pilgrims, instructing the ignorant and performing miracles. Thus it was that he earned the title "The Apostle of Rome."

The distinctive mark of his apostolate was cheerfulness: "I will have no melancholy, no low spirits in my house," he used to say. During his lifetime all Rome venerated him as a saint, consulted him as an oracle, and almost ceased to wonder at his miracles. By all that he did to sanctify Rome, St. Philip Neri exerted an incalculable and enduring influence for good upon the Universal Church.
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