Monday, May 26, 2014

May 26: St. Philip Neri


"The Virgin Appearing to
St. Philip Neri"
by Giovanni Battista Piazetta 

History

Philip was a merry, popular person. One night when he was praying, he felt a globe of light enter his mouth and sink down into his heart. This gave him the desire to serve God and others. In time, he became a priest and spent hours in prayer, but he remained just as spontaneous and fun-loving as ever. He would play practical jokes on other priests in order to teach them humility, and sometimes he would walk around with his clothes inside out or half his beard shaved off, maybe to make people laugh or maybe to learn humility himself.

Activity

Pope Francis has spoken a lot about how Christians should be full of joy. So, today, follow St. Philip Neri’s example and have a little fun. He liked hearing and learning new jokes, so learn a new joke today and tell it to others. Here are a few jokes to get you started.

Saint Philip Neri, pray for us!

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Special Note: Today is Memorial Day in the U.S., a day we honor those who died in service to our country. Please remember these heroes by attending a Memorial Day service or visiting a military monument or cemetery and praying for their souls. And even with this solemn remembrance, you can still feel the joy of Christ.