Saint Phillip of Neri Essay

687 Words May 30th, 2014 3 Pages
Saint Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in the year 1515. He was the oldest son of Francis Neri and Lucretia Soldi, both descendants of Tuscan families. He was kind hearted as a kid and soon became known as Philip the Good - "the good Pippo." As a child, he studied philosophy and later he took a comprehensive course in theology. With fourteen companions, he created the Confraternity of the Most Holy Trinity for looking after pilgrims and convalescents. The members met for Communion, prayer and other spiritualexercises in the Church of San Salvatore, and Philip himself introduced theidea of having exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at least once a month.At these devotions, Philip preached, even though he had not yet become apriest. …show more content…
His sense of humor was noteworthy. He was beatified by Pope Paul V in 1615 and was canonized a saint by Pope Gregory XV in the year 1622.After Philip's death it was discovered that two of his ribs were broken and had formed an arch, enlarging the normal space for the heart. His body rests in the Chiesa Nuova where it remains miraculously incorrupt. He is celebrated on May 26th. It was here that a series of mystical experiences occurred to him.One evening, while fervently praying, a globe of fire appeared in front of him. It entered his mouth and a moment afterwards he felt his chest dilating.Instantly he was filled with such paroxysms of divine love that he rolled upon the ground yelling, "Enough, Lord, I can bear no more!" When he rose and was more composed, he discovered a swelling as big as a man's fist in the region of his heart. This swelling remained with him forthe rest of his life and, at times, the emotional passion that it caused was so strong it forced him to bare his breast to relieve the heat it created. In those moments he prayed that God would lessen his blessings before he died of excess love. His face would shine with a mysterious light and often he was transfixed in heavenly bliss and unable to lower his arms. Occasionally in these fits he was seen lifted off the ground, his body weightless.

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