Being Christian – St Philip Neri

Today is the Memorial of St Philip Neri.  He was a man of great humility, of great confidence in God, and above all of great joy.   He is thus a greater teacher of the faith.  One thing he said was The best remedy for dryness of spirit, is to picture ourselves as beggars in the presence of God and the Saints, and like a beggar, to go first to one saint, then to another, to ask a spiritual alms of them with the same earnestness as a poor fellow in the streets would ask an alms of us.  Another was this: In this life there is no purgatory; it is either hell or paradise; for to him who serves God truly, every trouble and infirmity turns into consolations, and through all kinds of trouble he has a paradise within himself even in this world: and he who does not serve God truly, and gives himself up to sensuality, has one hell in this world, and another in the next.  Finally there was this: The Lord grants in a moment what we may have been unable to obtain in dozens of years.  Let us ask him in this Eucharist to give our hearts to the Lord and shows us the way.