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St. Philip Neri

Today is the Feast of St. Philip of Neri, Apostle of Rome.  He was canonized on March 22, 1622, with St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis Xavier, St. Teresa of Jesus of Avila, and St. Isidore the Farmer.  Someone said that Pope Gregory XV canonized four saints and an Italian.

Florence, the birthplace of St. Philip Neri

Florence, the birthplace of St. Philip Neri

The building to the right of the church of Sant'Agostino (where St. Monica is buried) is the Augustinian College where St. Philip Neri studied.  St. Thomas Aquinas was his favorite.

The building to the right of the church of Sant’Agostino (where St. Monica is buried) is the Augustinian College where St. Philip Neri studied. St. Thomas Aquinas was his favorite.

Chiesa di San Tommaso in Parione (Rome) where St. Philip Neri was ordained a priest. http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi110.htm

Chiesa di San Tommaso in Parione (Rome) where St. Philip Neri was ordained a priest.
http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi110.htm

Chiesa di San Girolamo della Carità (Rome) where St. Philip Neri spent the first years of his priesthood. http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi111.htm#S. Girolamo della Carità

Chiesa di San Girolamo della Carità (Rome) where St. Philip Neri spent the first years of his priesthood.
http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi111.htm#S. Girolamo della Carità

San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, the Florentine church in Rome oh which St. Philip Neri was in charge. He retained charge of San Girolamo while overseeing this church. http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi87.htm#S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini

San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, the Florentine church in Rome oh which St. Philip Neri was in charge. He retained charge of San Girolamo while overseeing this church.
http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi87.htm#S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini

Santa Maria Maggiore.  St. Philip Neri used to sit on these steps and pray the Divine Office.

Santa Maria Maggiore. St. Philip Neri used to sit on these steps and pray the Divine Office.

Santa Maria sopra Minerva, the Dominican church in Rome.  St. Philip Neri used to pray Vespers here.

Santa Maria sopra Minerva, the Dominican church in Rome. St. Philip Neri used to pray Vespers here.

Tomb of St. Ignatius Loyola. He and St. Philip Neri were great friends.

Tomb of St. Ignatius Loyola. He and St. Philip Neri were great friends.

Arm relic of St. Francis Xavier.  St. Philip Neri was also friends with him.

Arm relic of St. Francis Xavier. St. Philip Neri was also friends with him.

The heart of St. Charles Borromeo in the church Sant'Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso. The two saints were friends, although at times they were at odds with each other.  St. Charles once called St. Philip 'merciless.'  They used to pray the Office together.

The heart of St. Charles Borromeo in the church Sant’Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso. The two saints were friends, although at times they were at odds with each other. St. Charles once called St. Philip ‘merciless.’ They used to pray the Office together.

Statue of St. Paul at the Basilica St. Paul's outside the Walls. St. Philip Neri had a lifelong devotion to the Apostle of the Gentiles.

Statue of St. Paul at the Basilica St. Paul’s outside the Walls. St. Philip Neri had a lifelong devotion to the Apostle of the Gentiles.

Church of St. Philip Neri in Perugia

Church of St. Philip Neri in Perugia

The armor-clad body of St. Fortunatus in the Church of St. Philip Neri (Perugia)

The armor-clad body of St. Fortunatus in the Church of St. Philip Neri (Perugia)

A section of the heart of St. Philip Neri (Church of St. Philip Neri, Perugia)

A section of the heart of St. Philip Neri (Church of St. Philip Neri, Perugia)

Santa Maria in Vallicella (Chiesa Nuova), the principal church of the Oratorians, founded by St. Philip Neri. http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi137.html#Today

Santa Maria in Vallicella (Chiesa Nuova), the principal church of the Oratorians, founded by St. Philip Neri.
http://www.romeartlover.it/Vasi137.html#Today

"To the Virgin Mother of God and St. Gregory the Great". Detail from the façade of Santa Maria in Vallicella. Pope St. Gregory the Great built the first church on this site.

“To the Virgin Mother of God and St. Gregory the Great”. Detail from the façade of Santa Maria in Vallicella. Pope St. Gregory the Great built the first church on this site.

The body of St. Philip Neri in the chapel to the left of the sanctuary in the Chiesa Nuova

The body of St. Philip Neri in the chapel to the left of the sanctuary in the Chiesa Nuova

St. Philip Neri, Apostle of Rome.

St. Philip Neri, Apostle of Rome.

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Fr. Emil Neubert, Marianist

Fr. Emil Neubert was, arguably, the most extraordinary Marian writer of the twentieth century.  St. Maximilian Kolbe was so impressed with one of his books that he struck up a friendship with him.  Many people, however, have not heard of him.  Here is a good article about him.  Fortunately, Fr. Neubert also wrote an autobiography, which you can get here!  I have dedicated a Pinterest board to him where you can also get some of his previously untranslated works.  I have three more of his works in preparation.  He used to write about the Blessed Virgin for three hours a day, and he wrote books for every state of life.  His autobiography is very inspiring.  It is to be hoped that he will be canonized.

Fr. Emil Neubert

Fr. Emil Neubert

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Pope St. Pius V

Today is the Feast of Pope St. Pius V, Pope of the Holy Rosary.

The body of Pope St. Pius V in the Sistine Chapel (Blessed Sacrament Chapel) of Santa Maria Maggiore (Rome)

The body of Pope St. Pius V in the Sistine Chapel (Blessed Sacrament Chapel) of Santa Maria Maggiore (Rome)

The ring on the finger of Pope St. Pius V was donated by none other than Napoleon Bonaparte, who returned to the Church.

The ring on the finger of Pope St. Pius V was donated by none other than Napoleon Bonaparte, who returned to the Church.

The tomb of Pope St. Pius V just beyond the Blessed Sacrament altar in the Sistine Chapel of Santa Maria Maggiore. http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/sm_maggiore/en/storia/cappella_sistina.htm

The tomb of Pope St. Pius V just beyond the Blessed Sacrament altar in the Sistine Chapel of Santa Maria Maggiore.
http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/sm_maggiore/en/storia/cappella_sistina.htm

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