St Phillip Neri

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Born in Florence in1515, Phillip was educated among the Dominicans at San Marco.  He spent time with Benedictines at Monte Cassino and then pursued solitary study in Rome.  Phillip received many mystical graces, the most telling of which was a mystical “enlargement” of his heart, which he described as being ignited with God’s own Spirit.  In 1551, he began his priestly ministry in Rome, spending long hours hearing confessions.  With joyful energy Phillip drew people from all walks of life to the Oratory, meetings that combined spiritual reading, prayer, and music.  Soon, other priests, and music.  Soon, other priests joined him in loose association, the Congregation of the Oratory.  Phillip died in 1595. 
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