May 26 – Saint Philip Neri


listenSpirit of God, Saint Philip Neri was a priest whom the people nicknamed the “Saint of Joy” because You had gifted him with a special sense of humor.  His smile went with him when he visited the sick and the imprisoned, and when he served pilgrims who traveled to Rome.  I ask him to pray for my attitude.  Help me, O Lord, to get rid of fear and negativity, which are the enemies of joy and humor, and teach me how to view situations through Your eyes and discover reasons to laugh more readily.  Heal my wounds so that I may grow in humble confidence, which sets free the gift of humor within me.  Saint Philip Neri, pray for me.  Amen.

Quotes for Today

Saint (1515-1595)

quoteCheerfulness strengthens the heart and makes us persevere in a good life. Therefore the servant of God ought always to be in good spirits.”

quoteSufferings are a kind of paradise to him who suffers them with patience, while they are a hell to him who has no patience.”


The prayer above is from Terry Modica’s book Daily Prayers with the Saints.

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