Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Saint for Our Times

Stephen Hand on a saint who "preferred to go forth to meet the subtle attractions of the new Paganism armed only with the more powerful attractions of purity and truth" and whose "unusual apostolate" stressed that "liberty and duty go hand in hand; one obeys without subservience, one governs without orders; all authority is rooted in gentleness, while mutual respect is maintained without recourse to fear; love, without any other yoke, is able to subdue and even annihilate self-will" — St. Philip Neri, Saint of Joy In a Difficult Time (b.1515 d.1595).

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