Cheerfulness is looking on the bright side .
Saint of the Month: St. Phillip Neri
Feast Day: May 26
Life: 21 July 1515 – 25 May 1595
Beatified: March 12, 1622
Cheerfulness is the virtue that helps us to be joyful, even when times are hard. God loves us and wants us to be truly happy. We can think and act in a way that is gloomy, forgetting God, and dragging ourselves and others down. or we can count our blessing, praise God for his goodness, and lift everyone up toward Him. So make the choice to be joyful in the Lord and spread hope through joy.
Phillip Neri was known as "Pippo buono" or "good little Phil" because he was a cheerful, thoughtful boy and well-liked. Philip's cheerfulness helped others remain hopeful and faithful. When he was a young man and was about to move away from home, it was his cheerfulness and his faith that gave his sisters hope that everything would be all right, even with him leaving.
As an adult, he used his sense of humor and his friendliness to gain the attention of passersby and helped them give up their careless ways of life to follow Christ. Phillip inspired his friends to serve the sick in the hospitals and to pray. He had a mystical experience in which a globe of fire entered his mouth and caused his heart to physically expand, filling him with a real understanding of God's love. He often asked. "Well, brothers, when shall we begin to do good?"
In 1551 he was ordained a priest. He often heard confessions and helped many people with his wisdom, warmth, and compassion. Saint Phillip kept a Bible and a joke book by his bed. He hung a little sign on his door that said"The House of Christian Mirth." He said "Christian joy is a gift from God flowing from a good conscience." Many came to know Christ through the cheerfulness of Saint Phillip Neri.
Prayer: Dear Saint Phillip Neri, you always used the gift of cheerfulness to bring joy and happiness to others, especially whe they were sad or troubled. Help me to do the same so others will know of God's love for them. Amen. Saint Phillip Neri, pray for us.