St. Philip Benizi


Feast Day - August 23

Born at Florence of the noble family of the Benizi, Philip was called by the Most Blessed Virgin, in an extraordinary vision, to enter the recently established Order of Her Servants. First he withdrew to a cave on Monte Senario, where he led a life made hard by continual castigation of the body, but sweetened by meditation on the sufferings of Christ the Lord. Then he established sodalities of the Seven Sorrows of the Mother of God throughout almost all Europe and a great part of Asia.

He was named General of his Order against his will and, burning eagerly with the ardor of divine love, he traveled about through many of the cities of Italy, settling the disputes which flared up among the citizens, calling back many men to obedience to the Roman Pontiff and leading even the most abandoned men to repentance.

Finally at Todi, in the year 1285, embracing the image of Christ the Lord hanging on the Cross which he used to call his “book,” he died a most holy death. Pope Clement X added him to the number of the Saints.

Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. III: August to Advent (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1963), pp. 1469-1470.