Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 66

Hope you had a blessed weekend!

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.

The sacrament of Confession brings so much peace into your life. ๐Ÿ™
Old and New Testament God-bearers. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™
Another example: Wanted to wear pants but told not to. Argued with old men for a long time. Barbecued as a result. Who am I? Comment below with your answer.
I’m true neutral. ๐Ÿ™‚
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God is Love! โ™ฅ๏ธ
Saving souls: one meme at a time. ๐Ÿ˜†
A great guide to save for stressful situations. ๐Ÿ™
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A belated de Sales meme. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜†

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3 Reasons Philip Neri Should Be Your Patron Saint

Saint Philip Neri

According to the great Italian Saint Philip Neri, โ€œThere is no surer or clearer proof of the love of God than adversity.โ€

His message certainly stands in stark opposition with what the modern world tells us will bring love. Creating viral videos on YouTube, increasing our followers on social media platforms, and possessing the latest Apple technology appear to be channels by which 21st century humanity may achieve happiness. Suffering is so medieval or ancient times!

Why does man need to suffer when technological advancements will eliminate disease and human ailments in the future?

The Christian approach to redemptive suffering stands counter-cultural. What is not necessarily controversial is surprise and intrigue. Less than a year ago, I discovered the unconventional St. Philip Neri. In fact, I learned that the Italian priest is actually the patron saint of joy and humor!

Mark Twain once wrote, โ€œHumor is mankindโ€™s greatest blessing.โ€ As a Catholic, I contend with his claim that humor is the greatest blessing, as that belongs to the gift of the sacraments (especially Eucharist and Confession), the American author was correct that good-natured wit and jocosity help humanity. At the end of a stressful day at work, what normally infuses life into my wife and Iโ€™s day, and sometimes week, is comedy.

Levity, lightness, and wit dominate Philip’s letters and maxims. He loved to banter with his friends and later in life even with notable Church leaders like St. Charles Borromeo and his friend CesareCardinal Baronius. Along with being the patron saint of joy and humor, I will briefly detail three reasons why Philip Neri could be your patron saint as well!

Humility Makes Us Human

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A manager of mine once gave me interesting advice whenever he came across negative experiences from customers. โ€œRemember the Q-TIP methodโ€”Quit taking it personal!โ€ Perhaps it is because of the interesting mental imagery that came to mind or maybe my ears were clogged with earwax that I needed to keep using the โ€œQ-TIPโ€ method before I started to take that advice. A more likely answer is that setting my pride aside and listening to others is easier when reading the wisdom of holy individuals such as St. Philip Neri. Neri states,

โ€œWhen a man is reproved for anything, he ought not to take it too much to heart, for we commit a greater fault by our sadness than by the sin for which we are reproved.โ€

The Italian saint writes frequently about the importance of humility and the joy that comes as a result of asking for that virtue from the Holy Spirit. Pride is considered to be the vice opposed to the virtue of humility. St. Philip Neri spoke about hubris in this way, โ€œExcessive sadness seldom springs from any other source than pride.โ€ God did not intend for humanity to be sad, but we were made to experience joy and communion. Excessive joy, the opposite of sadness, would spring from the reverse of prideโ€”humility. 

Simple Life

Along with the importance St. Philip Neri attaches to the humility, a virtue necessary for growing in the spiritual life, his writings demonstrate an attractive simplicity to living life.  Living in todayโ€™s world we all could certainly learn to live with less. I particularly struggle with excessโ€”binge watching Netflix, eating fast food, or struggles with too much negativity. According to him, โ€œAvarice is the pest of the soul!โ€ Learning about this joyful saint through his writings help limit these unhealthy desires in my life.

Saint Philip Neri

Wading through the mires of trials, self-doubts, and obstacles certainly seems confusing. I came across a gem of spiritual advice from St. Neri. In regards to tackling on the pressures and temptations of the world he wrote, โ€œPersons who live in the world should persevere in coming to church to hear sermons, and remember to read spiritual books, especially the Lives of the Saints.โ€ Weekly attendance of Mass helps sustain us through tough times. While at Sunday Liturgy, Neri provides a simple, but profound insight to combat the devil. He urges us, โ€œat communion we ought to ask for the remedy of the vice to which we feel ourselves most inclined.โ€ His pithy and modest maxims show that living in holiness need not be complicated. 

Delight in Difficulties

Another hallmark of the writings of St. Philip Neri is his focus on satisfaction gained through encountering suffering with grace. He realizes that truth of redemptive suffering contains the path to authentic joy. The Italian priest penned, โ€œNothing more glorious can happen to a Christian, than to suffer for Christ.โ€

joy in suffering

Our joy gained via difficulties does not originate from man. Neri reminds us that the Holy Spirit is the cause for our continual peace and joy in trials. The Enemyโ€™s primary weapon is suffering in hopes we fall into despair. The opposite of despair or sadness is humility. According to Neri, โ€œOne of the very best means of obtaining humility, is sincere and frequent confession.โ€ Whenever I receive those sacramental graces poured forth in the medicine box any suffering I encounter turns sweet instead of sour.

Over a year ago,  I accidentally stumbled across the unconventional, yet witty life and works of St. Philip Neri. Humility pervades his writings. While you may not acknowledge it now, we all truly need to learn more about being humble in the age of โ€œselfiesโ€. The wit and cheerful tone of Neriโ€™s letters will prompt the natural urge to pursue truth in the Cross of Jesus Christ. Joy and humor enliven the spirit. St. Philip Neri proclaims, โ€œThe cheerful are much easier to guide in the spiritual life than the melancholy.โ€  If you prefer an easier, but still true, path to living Gospel maybe you should take up the Italian priest as your patron saint!

Related Links

St. Philip Romolo Neri- New Advent

The Humble Wit & Humor of St. Philip Neri

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Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 65

Hope you had a blessed weekend!

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.

So many questions. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰
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It’s less brimstone nowadays. Lol
Guilty. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™
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Scripture AND Tradition. ๐Ÿ‘
Darth Church. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™‚
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New bar: name 23 popes. ๐Ÿ˜
I can’t unsee this. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

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Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 64

Hope you had a blessed weekend!

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.

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Why did you pick the forbidden fruit!!?? ๐Ÿ˜†๐ŸŽ
A dad joke from the Son. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜†
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Something to ponder… ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
Too funny!! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™‚
Wonderful image on the strength of intercessory prayer. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™
So true!
“The difficulty explaining why I am Catholic is that there are 10,000 reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.”
โ€”G.K. Chesterton

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

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Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 63

Hope you had a blessed weekend! Happy Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord!!

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.

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A belated Epiphany meme. ๐Ÿ™‚
Classic meme I have to reshare from time to time. ๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜†
I thought of this analogy when I was explaining purgatory to a non-Catholic coworker today.
The Christmas tree is staying up until Candlemas!!
*hands priest chalk to bless and dozens of Rosaries and holy cards*
One of my favorite Catholic/hobbit combo memes. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜†
Numbers is better than Leviticus at least for me. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
RIP Papa B16. ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Best might be pushing it (Aquinas, Augustine, and Athanasius are awesome). But Benedict XVI definitely is in my top 10.
My kids refer to these types of churches as “castles for the King (Jesus). ๐Ÿ™‚โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿฐโ›ช

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

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Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 62

Hope you had a blessed weekend! Happy Fourth Week of Advent!!

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.

Guilty of this more times than I want to admit. ๐Ÿ˜†
Had a tough time picking between my Mario or R2D2 sweaters. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™‚
RIP Pope Benedict XVI. ๐Ÿ™
Haven’t bought any theology books *yet*.
It’s been a joy listening to both of these podcasts. ๐Ÿ™‚โ™ฅ๏ธ๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽ™๏ธ๐Ÿ™
Happy Belated Feast of Mary, Mother of God.
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Amen!!
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Punny!
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An early Epiphany meme to end today’s post.
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Thatโ€™s all I have this week. Stay tuned for next weekโ€™s Catholic Meme Monday. Receive updates straight to your email inbox by subscribing to The Simple Catholic blog.

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Catholic Meme Mondayโ€” Issue 61

Hope you had a blessed weekend! Happy Fourth Week of Advent!!

Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.

Mariah got a bit salty. ๐Ÿง‚๐Ÿง‚๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
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Jesus is the foundation for life. โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ
Prepare ye the way!
Never thought of those lyrics in this way before. ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿค” ๐Ÿ˜†
Just a reminder that Die Hard IS a Christmas movie. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚
One of my kids placed a Little People baby Jesus behind the fishtank. ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™
One of my favorite Advent memes!! ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜†
Baby Jesus planking. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜†
Now you will imagine this meme at the Gloria for every Mass!!! ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜†
Another first and fourth Advent candles meme. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ”ฅ
I had to include at least one belated Saint Nick’s Day meme. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ™‚
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Thatโ€™s all I have this week. Stay tuned for next weekโ€™s Catholic Meme Monday. Receive updates straight to your email inbox by subscribing to The Simple Catholic blog.

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