The title comes from an addage in the Oratory of St Philip Neri. Started accidentally around the figure of Philip Neri, a Florentine in 16th century Rome, the Oratory got its name from a place of prayer and was mostly a lay movement. When it formalized and included a congregation of brothers and priests, Philip […]
Tag Archive 'Philip Neri'
May 26th is the feast of the saint who accidentally founded the Oratory. Monsignor Ronald Knox, dry witty and wise preacher, former RC chaplain at Oxford, was often a preacher at the Brompton Oratory (snuggled between Harrod’s and the Victoria and Albert Museum). He was the one who said that Philip absent mindedly founded the […]
Philip Neri, 1515-1595, is much beloved by the spectrum of Catholics who dot the current landscape. He has always been appealing since he is genial, original, and demanding in his own sly way. He was a mystic who distrusted visions. (If you see the Blessed Virgin Mary, spit on her, he said. He was sure […]