Today we celebrate the liturgical feast of Saint Philip Neri. Francis de Sales was, and that is the least we can say, an ardent admirer of Saint Philip.
In the “Treatise on the Love of God,” Francis de Sales writes: “The Blessed Philip Neri, at fourscore years of age, had such an inflammation of heart through divine love, that the heat making the ribs give way to it, greatly enlarged them, and broke the fourth and fifth, that the heart might receive air and be refreshed.” (Book VI Chapter 15)
They are often depicted together in art. This drawing is by Baroni Giuseppe and is located in Palazzo dei Filippini in Lodi.
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