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The just will gaze on your face, O Lord. — Psalm 11:(see 7)
Mass readings: Morning: Acts 28:16-20,30-31 / John 21:20-25
On this eve of Pentecost we honor St. Philip Neri (1515-1595), a saint who embodied the spirit of Vatican II during the days of the Council of Trent.
Philip left the business world, devoted his life to God, and considered priesthood but remained a lay person for a time, enlisting other lay people into his life of prayer and service to the poor. He became a priest and a wonderful confessor, known for his charity, humility, and sense of humor. He continued to inspire lay people by founding the Oratory, a religious institute, and praying and singing to the Lord with them in the vernacular. His vision must surely have inspired Vatican II’s focus on the laity, both in empowering us and teaching us that becoming more human is compatible with striving for holiness.
Prayer: St. Philip Neri, model for inspiring and empowering lay people, pray for us.
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