Lectio et Oratio

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St Philip Neri in the 16th century would daily gather those in Rome who were desirous of seeking Christian perfection. He would read from a spiritual book and then discourse on the meaning of what was read. This podcast (and the nightly prayer group from which it springs) seeks to carry on St Philip's method of helping people become holy, even saints, in their own homes.

Episode 139 -- Life of St Philip XI.137 -- Leadership is Essential to Communities
Last Thursday at 12:07 AM

Did the Fathers of the Oratory ever want another superior than St Philip?

No. We will hear how they basically forced him to accept being the Provost, the Superior, the Father of the Oratory for life. Normally this position lasts three years. St Philip yielded to their wishes, despite his own desires for seclusion and solitude.


Episode 138 -- Life of St Philip XI.136 -- Human Unity and Confessional Intregrity
Last Wednesday at 6:23 PM

We read about St Philip's ability to read a person's soul who had been hiding a very serious sin in confession for a long time. St Philip was not his confessor. The young man had other confessors. But St Philip could tell that something was wrong. Thankfully the young man listened to St Philip and made a confession of his whole life. The truth will set us free!

Last episode we read about how a linen cloth with St Philip's blood healed people even when he was alive. This reminds us of St Peter, the first Apostle...


Episode 137 -- Life of St Philip XI.135 -- Philip like Peter and Miraculous Cloths
Last Wednesday at 6:22 PM

Did second class relics of St Philip ever work miracles during St Philip's life time?

Yes. We will read about a person who was healed by touching a piece of linen with St Philip's blood on it to the infected part. Why would God work such a miracle? He wanted to convince people that St Philip was a man of God. He wanted to convince people that the Church still possessed holiness.

Last episode we read about how the Oratory spread to other cities in Italy and even to France and Sicily. But the Oratory...


Episode 134 -- Life of St Philip XI.134 -- Smaller Can be Beautiful
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11/29/2021

Did the Oratory spread in only one way?

No. There were several different ways that Oratorians set up new houses in Italy and other parts of the world. But what is interesting is that each house (with a few exceptions) were independent of each other. Each house, each community of Oratorians, is meant to be a small family.

Last episode we read about St Philip and the establishment of the Oratorians in Naples. The way Gallonio discusses this somewhat difficult period of Oratorian history suggests that he is of quite a sanguine temperament. It is...


Episode 133 -- Life of St Philip XI.133 -- Four Temperaments with Strengths and Weaknesses
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11/27/2021

Did the Oratory spread to other cities?

Yes, and we will read about how it spread to Naples. God used the sickness of one of the Fathers to open up a new door for St Philip. Through this new opportunity, many new vocations joined.

Last episode we read about St Philip's offer to hear the confession of a dying twelve year old boy. St Philip not only healed his body of the deadly disease, he was also the sacramental instrument in removing the spiritual disease of sin. We talked last night about the importance of...


Episode 132 -- Life of St Philip XI.132 -- Looking Forward Despite Dangers
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11/26/2021

What is more important: healing the soul or the body?

The soul. We will read about St Philip healing a young man in body and soul. Like Our Lord, St Philip's bodily healings were a sign of a more important healing, the healing of our souls from sin.


Episode 131 -- Life of St Philip XI.131 -- Cardinals, Holiness, and Real Influence
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11/25/2021

We read about St Philip's great favour with Popes and Cardinals. He was considered by those in charge of the Church to be a man of God. All people, even those who shepherd the Church, need spiritual fathers and confessors.


Episode 130 -- Life of St Philip XI.130 -- Grace of Laughing at Oneself
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11/25/2021

We read about a young fourteen year old boy who was dying of a terrible fever. For 17 days he had nothing to eat. People were amazed that he was still alive. St Philip was summoned. As he realized that God had heard their prayer, he even joked with his mother. The boy gradually got better. The Lord does not always change situations all at once. He sometimes does his works slowly.


Episode 129 -- Life of St Philip XI.129 -- Devil Seeks To Confuse Us
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11/24/2021

Did the devil ever directly try to assault St Philip?

Yes. We will read about how the devil seems to have appeared to St Philip as though St Philip were actually possessed by the devil. The devil tried to simulate what he sometimes does with possessed people. But St Philip passed through these intense trials too.


Episode 130 -- Life of St Philip XI.128 -- Healing touch not Lustful Touch
11/23/2021

We read about St Philip's remarkable freedom of soul in dealing with the most difficult situations of chastity and human embarrassment. St Philip was gifted with remarkable chastity. He was given the true heart of a spiritual father.

Last episode we read about another rather humorous episode in St Philip's life. A woman woke up feeling as though she were being slapped in the face by St Philip. He was telling her what a disgrace it was that she was not letting go of a family feud. By this strange grace, the woman was helped to let...


Episode 130 -- Life of St Philip XI.128 -- Healing touch not Lustful Touch
11/23/2021

We read about St Philip's remarkable freedom of soul in dealing with the most difficult situations of chastity and human embarrassment. St Philip was gifted with remarkable chastity. He was given the true heart of a spiritual father.

Last episode we read about another rather humorous episode in St Philip's life. A woman woke up feeling as though she were being slapped in the face by St Philip. He was telling her what a disgrace it was that she was not letting go of a family feud. By this strange grace, the woman was helped to let...


Episode 128 -- Life of St Philip XI.128 -- Healing touch not Lustful Touch
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11/23/2021

We read about St Philip's remarkable freedom of soul in dealing with the most difficult situations of chastity and human embarrassment. St Philip was gifted with remarkable chastity. He was given the true heart of a spiritual father.

Last episode we read about another rather humorous episode in St Philip's life. A woman woke up feeling as though she were being slapped in the face by St Philip. He was telling her what a disgrace it was that she was not letting go of a family feud. By this strange grace, the woman was helped to let...


Episode 127 -- Life of St Philip X.127 -- Helping Overcome Feuds
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11/22/2021

Did those who were miraculously healed always become saints immediately?

No. We will read about Constanza de'Crescenzi's inability to forgive someone. She was one of the ladies that we read about earlier. In 1574, after losing a baby, she was very sick (ch 106. St Philip visited her and told her to be of good cheer. She got better. Six years later, in 1580, she was eight months pregnant and dying of a high fever (ch 120). Once again, St Philip came and healed her. In this episode's reading, Constanza has a different kind of fever, the fever of anger. She...


Episode 128 -- Life of St Philip X.126 -- Living Within the Body of Christ
11/21/2021

What made St Philip move to the the Chiesa Nuova?

The Pope. After living at the same church in Rome, San Girolamo (St Jerome's), since his ordination to the priesthood in 1551, St Philip was commanded by the Pope to move to the house and church where his Oratorians had been living since 1575. We will read about St Philip's humble submission to the Pope and his way of life amidst his sons.

Last episode we read about St Philip's prayers for the dead Paolo Massimo. We read about the 14 year old boy came back to life...


Episode 125 -- Life of St Philip X.125 -- Raising Paolo From the Dead
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11/20/2021

Did St Philip ever raise someone from the dead?

Yes and no. St Philip would probably say that he never raised anyone from the dead. God raised Paolo Massimo from the dead. But St Philip was the instrument by which this remarkable event took place on 16 March 1583. The Massimo Family still lives in a part of their ancient house. The room where the miracle took place is still in use as a chapel. On March 16, Masses are said all day on the three altars built in Paolo's old room.

Last episode we read about a...


Episode 127 -- Life of St Philip X.124 -- Supernatural Prudence
11/19/2021

Did St Philip ever raise someone from the dead?

Yes and no. St Philip would probably say that he never raised anyone from the dead. God raised Paolo Massimo from the dead. But St Philip was the instrument by which this remarkable event took place on 16 March 1583. The Massimo Family still lives in a part of their ancient house. The room where the miracle took place is still in use as a chapel. On March 16, Masses are said all day on the three altars built in Paolo"s old room.

Last episode we read about...


Episode 126 -- Life of St Philip X.124 -- Supernatural Prudence
11/19/2021

We read about some of the most generous benefactors to the new church and house of the Oratorians. In particular there was interest in building not only the high altar where Mass was celebrated, but also the front of the Church and the back of the church, the apse, where the sanctuary is and the Mass is especially offered. The church itself is holy and is a symbol of the Church of God gathered in that place. The church building and its entrance should remind us of the fact that we are crossing over into a new time and...


Episode 124 -- Life of St Philip X.124 -- Supernatural Prudence
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11/19/2021

We read about some of the most generous benefactors to the new church and house of the Oratorians. In particular there was interest in building not only the high altar where Mass was celebrated, but also the front of the Church and the back of the church, the apse, where the sanctuary is and the Mass is especially offered. The church itself is holy and is a symbol of the Church of God gathered in that place. The church building and its entrance should remind us of the fact that we are crossing over into a new time and...


Episode 125 -- Life of St Philip X.123 -- Facades, Apses, and Working Together
11/18/2021

Where did St Philip get the money for this magnificent church and house?

From generous people, especially two brothers. People saw the work that St Philip and his spiritual sons were doing and they wanted to help. Some helped to build the church. Some helped to build the house for the Oratorians. Some helped pay for chapels in the church. Others helped pay for the high altar. St Philip did not have just one major benefactor. Many people gave as they could.

Last episode, we read about two men who were both dying. One was...


Episode 122 -- Life of St Philip X.122 -- Mystery of Certain People Being Healed
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11/17/2021

Why did St Philip heal some people and not others?

It is a mystery! St Philip used to say that he knew nothing of miracles. In other words, God alone works the miracles. Philip was his instrument. But St Philip himself did not know why God used him for healing and not others. Nevertheless, St Philip seems to indicate that it is tied up with God"s providence. He knows what is truly best for our salvation, our eternal salvation.

Last episode, we read about a young Oratorian who left the Congregation after returning home...


Episode 123 -- Life of St Philip X.121 -- Primacy of Bond With Christ
11/16/2021

Did St Philip ever foresee that someone would leave the Congregation?

Yes! We read about a young man who went back home to visit his family without St Philip's true blessing. St Philip knew that his vocation to the Oratory was not very firm. He was afraid of the influence his family would have over him. The young man went anyway and did not return. Our Lord warned us that the kingdom of God does not consist in flesh and blood. Sometimes He asks us to make hard decisions.


Episode 123 -- Life of St Philip X.121 -- Primacy of Bond With Christ
11/16/2021

Did St Philip ever foresee that someone would leave the Congregation?

Yes! We read about a young man who went back home to visit his family without St Philip's true blessing. St Philip knew that his vocation to the Oratory was not very firm. He was afraid of the influence his family would have over him. The young man went anyway and did not return. Our Lord warned us that the kingdom of God does not consist in flesh and blood. Sometimes He asks us to make hard decisions.


Episode 123 -- Life of St Philip X.121 -- Primacy of Bond With Christ
11/16/2021

Did St Philip ever foresee that someone would leave the Congregation?

Yes! We read about a young man who went back home to visit his family without St Philip's true blessing. St Philip knew that his vocation to the Oratory was not very firm. He was afraid of the influence his family would have over him. The young man went anyway and did not return. Our Lord warned us that the kingdom of God does not consist in flesh and blood. Sometimes He asks us to make hard decisions.


Episode 120 -- Life of St Philip X.120 -- Living Christianity is Still Possible
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11/15/2021

We read about the invisible help that St Philip gave to a very sick woman. She did not see him until dawn. But he assured her that he had been supporting her all through the night. The Lord gives some saints this gift of being in two places at once (either in body or in spirit) to show us the power of the Lord's own presence. The Lord himself stands at our side to give us strength.


Episode 119 -- Life of St Philip X.119 -- Directing to Heaven by the Spirit
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11/14/2021

We read about the unique power of St Philip's own heart to dispel temptations to unchastity. Thirty years earlier, St Philip had received that unique grace of seeing the Holy Spirit as a ball of fire enter into his mouth and lodge in his heart. God gave St Philip the special ability to help people drive away very difficult temptations. The point is that we need the Holy Spirit to be saved. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are necessary for our salvation. The devil is too cunning and our fallen human nature is so weak that the Holy...


Episode 116 -- Life of St Philip IX.114 -- Spiritual Fathers and Inspiration
11/14/2021

Did St Philip have any trouble building the Chiesa Nuova?

Yes! We will read about the strange miracle of the roof not colasping at the Chiesa Nuova. St Philip was given a vision of Our Lady holding up an unsupported beam! The workmen went to inspect. And they found the beam in mid-air!


Episode 115 -- Life of St Philip IX.113 -- Young Men Can Follow the Lord
11/14/2021

Did St Philip have any trouble building the Chiesa Nuova?

Yes! We will read about the strange miracle of the roof not colasping at the Chiesa Nuova. St Philip was given a vision of Our Lady holding up an unsupported beam! The workmen went to inspect. And they found the beam in mid-air!


Episode 118 -- Life of St Philip X.118 -- Dealing with Most Troubling Temptations
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11/13/2021

We read about one particularly difficult temptation that a man was facing regarding a teenager who had to stay with him. The man was doing all he could for the boy, but he experienced very strong feelings of attraction. He could not understand why this was happening when St Philip himself had asked him to help this young man. In the midst of his trials, St Philip appeared and blessed him and the feelings disappeared. The heart of fallen man is an abyss. Who can understand it at times? Only by the grace of the Lord and the help...


Episode 117 -- Life of St Philip X.117 -- Reminders of the Eucharist
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11/12/2021

We read about St Philip's power to encourage people in times of distress. Various people overcame huge obstacles by remembering his words: be of good heart. Others were delivered from their difficulties at the very moment St Philip spoke to them. Such stories should encourage us to go on. We all need to be encouraged. We all need, above all, the encouragement of the Eucharist!


Episode 116 -- Life of St Philip X.116 -- Devotion and Love can Always increase
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11/11/2021

We read about the solemn opening of the new church, the Chiesa Nuova, in Rome. The pope encouraged many people to go there on the day the Oratorians finally opened their church. Let us pray that St Philip's sons will always help people to pray through reverent liturgies and heavenly sacred music.


Episode 115 -- Life of St Philip X.115 -- Fulfilling All Desires
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11/10/2021

We read about St Philip being unable to sleep during an illness. He begged that Holy Communion be brought to him. Fr Tarugi did not want this to be done. He thought St Philip would be even more unable to sleep. Even saints need proper and sufficient sleep. Our Lord himself slept. But in the end St Philip knew what he was talking about. Our Lord can help us get the rest we need. Let us ask him to show us when to sleep and when to rise.


Episode 114 -- Life of St Philip IX.112 -- Mary Upholds our Lives
11/06/2021

Did St Philip have any trouble building the Chiesa Nuova?

Yes! We will read about the strange miracle of the roof not colasping at the Chiesa Nuova. St Philip was given a vision of Our Lady holding up an unsupported beam! The workmen went to inspect. And they found the beam in mid-air!


Episode 112 -- Life of St Philip IX.110 -- Human Malice and Divine Providence
11/06/2021

We read about the opposition St Philip faced from some of the neighbours as he was building the new church. People even physically attacked those working on it. But the money and workers kept coming. St Philip was convinced that "all things work for the good of those who love God" (Romans 8:28). The malice of men, their evil intentions, can be turned by God to good!


Episode 113 -- Life of St Philip IX.111 -- Lay Holiness is Possible
11/06/2021

We read about one of St Philip's holiest female penitents. He was convinced that she went straight to heaven when she died. Lavinia Massimi was married. She was a mother. Holiness is possible in the world. "Let us be saints in our own homes," St Philip used to say.


Episode 109 -- Life of St Philip IX.109 -- Greatsouledness and God‘s Providence
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11/04/2021

We read about St Philip's holy ambition to build a large church. Even without the money raised, he ordered the old church to be demolished. One day at Mass, God revealed to him the size of the new church. When he told the workmen where to dig, they found a huge ancient wall. The wall became the foundation of that side of the church. May the Lord Himself be the foundation of our spiritual lives!


Episode 108 -- Life of St Philip IX.108 -- Valuing Relics of Saints
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11/03/2021

We read about St Philip's help to Olimpia Troiani. She was dying in labour. St Philip came to visit. He prayed. And she not only gave birth to a lovely young girl, but the mother survived. Philip often prayed for such women. He often brought relics for saints to their homes. As God worked marvels through the bodies of saints while they lived, so he continues to work marvels through their holy remains.


Episode 107 -- Life of St Philip IX.107 -- Papal Foundation of the Oratory
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11/02/2021

Is it hard, even in the Church, when sharing a building?

Yes! We will read about the difficulties with the new space the Florentines built for St Philip and his men. St Philip realized that borrowing this church and house left them less free to do the work the Lord wanted.


Episode 106 -- Life of St Philip IX.106 -- Victory Through the Rosary
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11/01/2021

We read about two women who nearly died during childbirth. Both were of the highest nobility in Rome. They were women of great wealth and learning and responsibilities. St Philip was a spiritual father for the rich and the poor.


Episode 105 -- Life of St Philip IX.105 -- Staying in One Place like SPN
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10/31/2021

We read about the offer by the Florentines to build a new space for St Philip's growing Congregation. This new space allowed for greater numbers of men to hear the sermons and music at the Oratory.


Episode 104 -- Life of St Philip IX.104 -- Healing Through Confession
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10/30/2021

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Should one intentionally hold back confessing a serious sin just because one is embarrassed?

No. We will read about a young man who was so ashamed of a sin against the sixth commandment that he tried to go to confession without confessing it. St Philip, with his gift of reading souls, recognized what he was doing. He told him that far from being forgiven he was actually committing more sins. But would the young man listen?

Last episode we read about the election of Pope Gregory XIII on May 13. May 13 is the same day that...