Religion: God's Un-Angry Mqn

Often the priest appeared in church to say Mass with some of his clothes turned inside out and his biretta askew. If there were finicky intellectuals present, he was likely to recite the liturgy in ungrammatical Latin. Sometimes he had his hair cut in church: once he turned up at the poshest party in Rome with a week's growth of beard on one side of his face. Yet he was a saint—respected by several Popes, visited by cardinals on his sickbed.

St. Philip Neri's motto was,"Siate umili, state bassi [Be humble, be lowly]," and...

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