Dear Daughters of St. Philip Neri,
Such an approach was a reflection of the earliest Christian communities and meant to provide a simple but clear witness to love of Christ. Oratorian stability, remaining in the same house and city for life, allowed for deep bonds to develop as well as to wear off the rough edges of self will and self love.
Philip said: “He who wants something other than Christ, does not know what he wants; he who seeks something other than Christ, does not know what he seeks; he who acts, and does not act for the sake of Christ, does not know what he is doing.” Before committing any mortal sin, I would prefer to be torn to pieces and die a cruel death.” The radical Christocentricism is a fundamental element of St. Philip’s Spirituality.
As you discern the vocation of Adoration, Reparation and Spiritual Motherhood, I pray that St. Philip may be your special guide in the ways of love and direct you to the Heart of Christ in all things and in every way.