Philip Neri was born into poverty in 1515 and, as often happens under such circumstances, had a great sense of humor. He had a magnetic personality and gave very wise spiritual direction. So wise that he was sought by Ignatious of Loyola, Francis de Sales, Charles Borromeo and Camillus de Lellis for his advice.
Phillip Neri didn’t let it go to his head, however. He kept himself humble by wearing goofy clothes and, if the circumstances called for it, shaving off half his beard. He teaches us all that to be holy doesn’t mean you have to be melancholy. There is plenty of room in heaven for goofballs too.
He was known as the Christian Socrates because of his predilection of dialoguing with people on the streets. Oh, and he swallowed a globe of fire the night before Pentecost that swelled his heart with divine love –you know, usual stuff.
His feast day is on May 26.
This is a print mounted on wood with a D-ring hanger in the back.