Memorial of Saint Philip Neri, Priest
St. Philip Neri was best known as an Italian priest who helped his congregation and others in need. He was canonized in 1622.
St. Philip Neri was a saint born on July 22, 1515, in Florence, Italy. At age 18, he decided to commit his life to God. While praying in the catacombs of St. Sebastiano, he experienced a globe of light that entered his mouth and moved to his heart. He felt closer to God and began serving the ill, poor and others in need. Neri was ordained as a priest in 1551 at the church of San Girolamo. He had a strong following of worshippers who often met in the Oratory, thus they were named the Congregation of the Oratory. Neri died on May 25, 1595, after a long illness. He was beatified in 1615 and canonized in 1622. St. Philip Neri’s memorial day is on May 26.
To Know and Love Jesus
My Lord Jesus, I want to love You but You cannot trust me.
If You do not help me, I will never do any good.
I do not know You; I look for You but I do not find You.
Come to me, O Lord.
If I knew You, I would also know myself.
If I have never loved You before, I want to love You truly now.
I want to do Your will alone; putting no trust in myself, I hope in You, O
Blessed Virgin Mary
Mary, I love you.
Mary, make me live in God, with God, and for God.
Draw me after you, holy mother.St-Philip-Neri
O Mary, may your children persevere in loving you.
Mary, Mother of God and mother of mercy,
pray for me and for the departed.
Mary, Holy Mother of God, be our helper.
In every difficulty and distress, come to our aid,
O Mary. O Queen of Heaven,
lead us to eternal life with God.
Mother of God, remember me,
and help me always to remember you.
O Mary, conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me.
… St Philip Neri, Pray for Us …