26 May 2014

Philip Neri and Spiritual Combat

In honor of St. Philip Neri, Fr. George Rutler offers a reflection on spiritual combat:

The feast of St. Philip Neri (1515-1595) falls this Monday, on the same day that the civil calendar memorializes those who gave their lives in the service of our country. Philip was a soldier, too, albeit a soldier of Christ, wearing “the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). He lived in a decadent time when many who called themselves Christians chose to be pacifists in the spiritual combat against the world, the flesh and the Devil. 


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  1. Many happy returns - you chose well!

  2. Fr. Rutler noted that St. Philip Neri was noted for his service as a confessor. Priests who give of themselves in this way are precisely what we need today. Every day I pray for those priests that I know to be generous with their time as confessors.

    1. Two things I miss about being a parish priest: 1) daily preaching and 2) hearing confessions regularly.