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Life of St Philip Neri
Author: Antonio Gallonio
Copyright/published Year: 2005 by Ignatius
Description: St. Philip Neri is one of the best-loved saints of all time.
Known as the `Apostle of Rome', he set in motion a great renewal
of Christianity at the heart of the Church's capital city during
the 1500's. St. Philip's foundation of the Oratory began by
stimulating young laymen to conversion, prayer, and apostolic
works, and through them gradually brought about a reform of the
entire Church, at all levels of society. St. Philip inspired many
through his words, his miracles and his spiritual gifts, which
show many similarities with other great saints such as Padre Pio
and St. John Vianney.
This account of Philip's life, written by his disciple Antonio
Gallonio soon after the saint's death, captures well his holy
zeal for God's work in the face of a corrupt and decadent Rome;
his great sense of humor, which he would often use to remind
people of hidden spiritual realities; and the many extraordinary
miracles and conversions wrought by St. Philip both during his
lifetime and after his death.
This is the first ever English translation of the affectionate
biography, published originally in Latin in the Jubilee Year
1600. Unusually for the time, it was written in chronological
order; it also bears the original footnotes by Gallonio, in which
he refers to eyewitnesses and makes comparisons with the lives of
canonized saints, intending thereby to assist in the promotion of
Philip's cause for elevation to the altars. Additional notes and
a comprehensive index make this a most interesting and useful
book for devotees of St. Philip, as well as a very readable
introduction to the saint for those who do not yet know him.
This edition is beautifully illustrated with antique
engravings of episodes from the biography.
Antonio Gallonio was a disciple of Philip Neri during the
1500's, and wrote this definitive biography of the saint from
first-hand experience, and from testimonies of other
contemporaries of St. Philip.
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