Finding Joy–My Accidental Discovery of St. Philip Neri

Saint Philip Neri

 

 

 

 

 

 


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 4, 2018.


The great Italian saint Philip Neri once said,

“We are not saints yet, but we, too, should beware. Uprightness and virtue do have their rewards, in self-respect and in respect from others, and it is easy to find ourselves aiming for the result rather than the cause. Let us aim for joy, rather than respectability. Let us make fools of ourselves from time to time, and thus see ourselves, for a moment, as the all-wise God sees us.”

How easy it is for us to perform acts of charity in hopes of the reward? I struggled with this temptation recently– instead of serving others out of love of God and neighbor, I oftentimes think of the long-term benefits I may receive—the favor may be returned, customers act nicer towards me, work is lessened in the time-run, etc. Seeking the results, the cause [as Philip Neri put it] leads to joylessness.

I started this blog bring joy into my life and into my readers lives as well. Pursuing my daily feed, I came across a post about the patron saint of joy—Philip Neri. His name and patronage stuck with me throughout the workday. “I need to learn more about this saint of joy!” I thought to myself driving back home from work.

As soon as my wife went to bed, I google searched Philip Neri and discovered the along with being the patron saint of joy he is an advocate for humor and, interestingly enough, U.S. Special Forces!

I’ll be incorporating more quotes, writings, and wisdom from St. Philip Neri over the rest of the year. I am excited for this journey to deepen my relationship with God through the witness of Philip Neri this year.

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I will close with a prayer to incorporate into my spiritual arsenal (and I hope you do too!):

Prayer to Saint Philip Neri

Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice! (Phil. 4:4)

O holy St. Philip Neri, patron saint of joy, you who trusted Scripture’s promise that the Lord is always at hand and that we need not have anxiety about anything, in your compassion heal our worries and sorrows and lift the burdens from our hearts. We come to you as one whose heart swells with abundant love for God and all creation. Hear us, we pray, especially in this need (make your request here). Keep us safe through your loving intercession, and may the joy of the Holy Spirit which filled your heart, St. Philip, transform our lives and bring us peace. Amen.

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Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 41

Hope you had a blessed weekend! 🙏

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.

💦–>🍷
Dad jokes were always funny. 😆
🙂🙂🙂
Guilty of this! 🙋😆
An excellent visual on intercessory and direct prayer. Both are important.🙏
Coffee ☕ is a sign of God’s creativity and goodness.
Holiness. Never a dull moment.
Every time! 💪🤝😆
Meme credit: @litcatholicmemes

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Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 40

Hope you had a blessed weekend! 🙏

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.

😆😆😆
Punctuation matters. 🙂
God bless Pope Francis!
Too funny not to share. 😆
Great reminder!
Source: Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Sioux Falls.
We pick Matthias!
Last week was LONNNNNGGG.
I’m guessing it was a typo and the name was *Chris*
But it’s still hilarious.
😆😆😆
On a punny note Christ will return on the Father’s accord.
Religious order humor.

That’s all I have this week. Stay tuned for next week’s Catholic Meme Monday. Receive updates straight to your email inbox by subscribing to The Simple Catholic blog.

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Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 39

Hope you had a blessed Good Shepherd Sunday! 🙏 🐑 ❤️

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.

Our own will complicates God’s plan.
Give Jesus your heart and you will be transformed. ❤️
A biblical dad joke. 😆🙂
Not a meme but I wanted to share this beautiful image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. ❤️🙂😊
Rosary humor. 😆🙂😊
Likely one of my kids. 😆🙂
✉️ Even sending emails are an opportunity for holiness!
Prayer is communication with God and a means to help your neighbor.

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Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 38

Hope you had a blessed Second Sunday in the Easter Season and Divine Mercy Sunday! 🙏 🌿 ❤️

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.

Saint Mark pray for us!
Jesus I trust in You. ❤️❤️❤️
Not necessarily a meme but news I wanted to share with you all. 🙂🙂🙂
Font matters. 😆🤣😊
Absolutely love this diagram.
This is accurate. 🕊️🔥🙏
I feel convicted. **Proceeds to share Wordle boxes**
🤣😆🙂
Truth bomb 💥 by Chesterton.
Yes!!!
I post this as a reminder to myself. 🧼 🧺
Love the Easter Season!!!
Proclaim it loud and joyfully.

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Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 37

Hope you had a blessed Easter Sunday! 🙏 🌿

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.

A classic Easter morning meme.
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Empty tomb real estate.
The first witnesses to the Resurrection. 😊😊😊
🍽️ 🥣 🧼 💦
Can you guess which one was most useless?
😊🙂😆
History via memes.
Last Supper humor from last week. 🙂
The local Catholic store is one of my weaknesses.
God can change things in a very short time.
🙏🙂❤️
He is pretty clear about the two Great Commandments.
Let’s end with a truth bomb by Mother Angelica. 🙂

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Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 36

Hope you had a blessed Palm Sunday! 🙏😊

Let’s celebrate Holy Week with a King-sized 👑 Catholic Meme Monday.

Soon the holy images will be unveiled.
Palm Sunday humor!
Stay awake. Be ready! 😊😆🙂
More Palm Sunday funnies. 😆
An early Easter morning meme. 🙏🙂
The Word (Logos) always existed.
Let’s set the record straight! #realchurchhistory
Even more Palm 🌴 Sunday humor. 😊🙂
Pray for all the liturgical musicians in your parish this week. 🙏🙏🙏
😊😆🙂
WWJD
This is accurate. 💪 😆 ✌️ 🤝
#malchusear 🙂😆👂
Darn! 🙂😊

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