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Saint for the Day May 26th.

St. Philip Neri. (1515-1595)

A native of Florence, he was educated by the Dominicans at San Marco.  He then became an apprentice in his uncle’s business.  He left this in 1533 to live in poverty.  After some years of toil and prayer he experienced, in 1544, an ecstasy which, as was confirmed at his death, enlarged his heart.  Meanwhile he spent all his leisure time studying theology.  In 1548 he gathered 14 companions into a congregation which ultimately became the Congregation of the Oratory.  In 1551 he was ordained priest and during the 33 years that followed Philip and his Order became the centre of religious life in Rome, receiving official approval in 1583.  He is enshrined at the mother church in Valicella.  He was Canonised in 1622.

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‘No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.’

(Samuel Johnson) 



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