Lord, Don't Trust Lizzie! UPDATED

When writing about nuns on sleds, I happened to mention that my randomly-pulled patron saint for 2010 is St. Philip Neri, of whom I am not well-informed, beyond the fact that he was known to be “cheerful and charming.”

Since a lack of both charm and cheerfulness has generally defined Lizzie, I have been assuming that Neri and I would make an uncomfortable team; I am certainly open to being taught those habits (or traits) if they are in fact teachable, but I believe good St. Philip will find me a less-than-stellar pupil.

So it was heartening to receive an email today from Fr. Patrick, who wrote:

One of [Neri's] best prayers was: “Lord, don’t trust Philip!”

As a fervent lay person Philip inspired many vocations. St Ignatius Loyola criticized him: “You are like the bell in the steeple: you call many people into the church but don’t go in yourself.”

Heh. “Lord, don’t trust Philip,” completely rang my bell; I identified. I also identified with the second part in ways most would not comprehend.

A look at Neri’s hagiography brought some additional comforts. We both exhibited early and rather spectacular detachments from our lineage and our father’s houses. We’ve both been broke and managed to scrape by on our wits. We have a Benedictine connection, and Jesuit friends; we share an inclination toward visiting the sick in hospitals. We do not share a love of fasting, though, but hey, Neri founded the Brotherhood of the Little Oratory, (still going strong), and I have a little Oratory, so…you know…I’m feeling more and more comfortable with St. Philip Neri, all the time! We could get to be good friends!

And then, who knows, perhaps some of that cheerfulness and charm will rub off on me!

Yeah, okay, go ahead and snicker. I’m a Catholic; I believe in miracles.

And perhaps I have now found the motto for my whole life: “Lord, don’t trust Lizzie!”

UPDATE: Larry D points us to A daily source of Neri Quotes. Is there nothing that cannot be found online? :-) Thanks, Larry!

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  • Rose

    “you call many people into the church but don’t go in yourself.” I can relate! I spent twenty years studying A Course In Miracles and the lesson that bowled me over was “you teach what you need learn.” The teachers are the students! The students are the teachers.

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  • Mimsy

    The only problem with “Don’t trust Lizzie” is that why would we believe that? It’s the same as “Don’t believe me; I’m lying!”
    Of course, I get your point, but I’m just saying…

  • Andria

    I discovered your blog by accident, or did I? Thank you for your writings,you bring joy to my life each day.I am a firm believer of miracles.

  • Bob Devine

    I love the fact that St. Philip De Neri is your patron for 2010. That is my Grandfathers name and who he was named after.

  • Ellen

    I love saints who can laugh. I’ve always been a fan of Philip Neri and St. Teresa of Avila for that reason.

    How do you get your own saint for the year?

  • http://www.savkobabe.blogspot.com Gayle Miller

    I love and trust Lizzie, always!

  • http://www.actsoftheapostasy.blogspot.com LarryD

    Have you seen this post at Patrick Madrid’s blog? He wrote about a site that has a St Philip Neri quote for each day of the year. Check it out!

    [Thanks -admin]

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  • http://www.actsoftheapostasy.blogspot.com LarryD

    Lizzie – you’re welcome! Stop by my blog sometime if you have some time to waste. :-)

  • Greta

    I really like these nuns who can live with such joy as brides of Christ. Compare this to this woman priestess

    link

  • http://www.catholicpillowfight.com Tony

    Since a lack of both charm and cheerfulness has generally defined Lizzie, I have been assuming that Neri and I would make an uncomfortable team;

    You and Philip go together like Eeyore and Tigger. :)

  • Elizabeth

    I have always heard the quote as “Lord, beware of Philip today, for he is very likely to betray you.” Many times I have said this with my own name substituted!

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