Wednesday, February 12, 2003

St. Philip story...just because
St. Philip Neri was less than enthusiastic about physical mortifications. While he did incorporate them in his life to a certain extent, he saw mortification of the will as being both more important and less spiritually dangerous. A follower of the saint, ( I believe his name was Bartolomeo) kept pestering Philip to permit him to wear a hairshirt. (Somehow I doubt that this is a problem for many superiors nowadays !) Philip kept saying no, until one day, in a moment of either exasperation or inspiration, he replied, yes, you can wear the hairshirt. In fact, I am requiring you to wear the hairshirt- on top of your other clothes !
Let's just say Bartolomeo ended up with more mortification than he planned on !


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