Saturday, 3 December 2016

First Saturday

“Whether the world has war or peace depends on the practice of this devotion (the First Saturdays), along with the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
This is why I desire its propagation so ardently, especially because this is also the will of our dear Mother in Heaven”.
– Sister Lucia, 19th March 1939.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

British History - An Illustrated Guide

For many years historians and academics have bemoaned the nation’s woeful lack of historical knowledge. This history reference book has been written by Catholic author Hugh Williams to try to address that problem:
Its attractive cover and design draws the reader in. Written in nine easy steps, it makes the subject far less daunting than many other history books. With over 200 illustrations (mainly in colour) it brings vivid life to the subject of British history.
Clearly labelled throughout, using bullet point style, one can find what one is looking for with ease.
It also has an extensive index (over 3,000 lines).
Step 1 – Before the coming of the Romans
Step 2 – From the Romans to the Norman Invasion
Step 3 – Norman History
Step 4 – Plantagenet History
Step 5 – The Houses of Lancaster and York
Step 6 – Tudor History
Step 7 – Stuart History
Step 8 – Hanoverian History
Step 9 – The House of Windsor
Appendices – Kings and Queens, Prime Ministers etc.
Great for homeschooling and for supplementing schoolwork, as well as being of interest to anyone with an interest in British history.
Count Nikolai Tolstoy, historian and author writes of it, "This book provides an admirable guide to British history, ideal for checking facts or browsing and enlivened by well-chosen plates. Attractive and informative, and deserves to be widely read".

Friday, 4 November 2016

First Saturday

“Whether the world has war or peace depends on the practice of this devotion (the First Saturdays), along with the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is why I desire its propagation so ardently, especially because this is also the will of our dear Mother in Heaven”.
– Sister Lucia, 19th March 1939.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Vitally Important New Book - Don't Miss Out!

Don't miss out on this vitally important and brilliant new book that needs to be read and digested by everyone who values family and children and society.
"The Enlightenment and Marxist vision reached its logical conclusion in the twentieth century. If children are no longer the children of someone but an asset of everyone, the State can, or even must, assume the task of educating them. National Socialism and Communism both implemented this terrible folly as widely as possible, taking children away from their families for long periods with state schools, parades, ceremonies and youth institutions all helping make children assets of the State.
These state assets could 'naturally' be sterilised, selected, experimented with, expropriated...... both in National Socialist Germany and in Bolshevik Russia. This was indeed 'real Socialism' . The Stalinist Preobrazhensky wrote: "From the socialist point of view it makes no sense that a member of society considers his own body private property because the individual is but a passing point between the past and the future," so that to society belongs "the total and unconditional right to intervene with its rules into even an individuals sex life, to improve the race by natural selection".
Turning to more current events, it is essential to remember that in the cultural narrative of the student protest movements of 1968, the family was viewed as an oppressive institution that should be defeated, a 'gas chamber', a suffocating cage, a cultural curse and unnatural.
These anti-family ideological trends helped shape the climate in which the laws which legalised divorce and abortion were introduced. Thereby, the family is no longer indissoluble. Love is not forever and children no longer have the security of two parents. At the same time, parents are no longer faithful to the love of their child but instead they can choose to kill it, disposing of it with methods which, although commonplace, are unbelievably brutal.
But even this is not enough. If the family is something that is not natural but merely the cultural expression of an economic relationship, there are no limits to it being changed and dismantled. It is necessary, using a term of the great speculator George Soros, but also of the new global world, "to open up" the family as much as possible, then unhinge it as much as possible. Hence not merely multiple genders for individuals but also all the new possible 'families' that lie ahead for modern man, thanks to bio-technology, which is the force to destroy the family completely".

Saturday, 15 October 2016

The Attack on the Family and the European Response

“Never has the institution of the family been put in such jeopardy as it is today. Wars, tyrannical rulers and the reducing of entire peoples into slavery, although never absent from history, have damaged or even destroyed individual families, but the institution itself had never been touched.”

Until now, when the cultural Marxists have made the demolition of the Family a key part of their long war against Christian civilisation and European identity.

This important new work from ProVita in Italy exposes the origins and methods of this ruthless assault on traditional values and on the rights of parents and children. Written from a patriotic and Christian perspective, it highlights the anti-human agenda of the enemies of normality.

Thoroughly researched and referenced, it provides a wealth of facts which demolish the specious arguments employed by the propagandists of  'sexual liberation’, ‘gender theory’ and heterophobia.

It provides valuable insights into the deeply negative impact of the assault on the Family, on the physical and mental welfare both of children and on members of the very ‘minorities’ the left claim to champion.

Finally, it examines the positive steps now underway in various nations as the Christian and patriotic counter-revolution grows in strength and confidence.

Paperback. 156 pp.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Pro-Life Fundraising Concert

First Saturday

“Whether the world has war or peace depends on the practice of this devotion (the First Saturdays), along with the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is why I desire its propagation so ardently, especially because this is also the will of our dear Mother in Heaven”.
– Sister Lucia, 19th March 1939.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Green Pail: An Irish Tale

An elderly Irish couple attempt to come to terms with changes in modern western culture which they are convinced are by no means always good. And yet hope and goodness shine precisely in their fierce kindness and the values they find sorely tried.

"One hears the sea birds through the panes of small wind-cleaned windows, smells last night's supper as one noses around the books and bottles, avoids the creaky part of the wood floors lest one disturb the holy magic of morning, remains very still amidst the flow of silent smiles. Leo and Lena are the most intense couple in all of Ireland, but only they and we know it. I wanted a green pail of my own after reading of them.. It is enough, however, to have laughed and cried with them"  

-  Carol O'Reilly,

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The Walls are Talking: Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Story

This book narrates the harrowing and life-changing experiences of former abortion clinic workers, including those of the author, who once directed abortion services at a large Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas, USA.
These individuals, whose names have been changed to protect their identities, left their jobs in the abortion industry after experiencing a change of heart. They have come forward with their stories, not for fame or notoriety, but to shed light on the reality of abortion. They want their stories to change the lives of others for the better.
These stories are difficult to read, because an abortion is an act of violence, harming not only the obvious victim the unborn child -- but also the mother, the father, the doctor, and everyone else involved. But these stories also offer hope, for they show that anyone, no matter what part the person has played in an abortion, can start anew, can make amends for past mistakes. They demonstrate that the first step on that journey is telling the truth, as these courageous individuals do in these pages.
"Those of us that have worked in the abortion industry all live our lives with a constant burden. We can't let our burden slide off of our shoulders; it is what keeps us on fire. It reminds us of why we fight so hard. We have seen death and evil in a way that most haven't and we participated. But we are forgiven. He who has been forgiven much, loves much. And we love a lot. I am eagerly awaiting the day when we can call all abortionists and clinic workers former and repentant abortion providers." - Abby Johnson
"Abby Johnson is one of the bravest women I know. Once she realized the truth, Abby had the courage to leave the abortion industry and become a powerful voice for the defenseless. She challenges us to face the truth about the abortion industry and its many victims." - Lila Rose, President, Live Action

Monday, 8 August 2016

The Curé d’Ars

Around 1830, the village of Ars began attracting huge crowds of visitors each day. 
Why did thousands of pilgrims come daily to this small village?
The pilgrims had no other purpose than to meet its parish priest and especially to have him hear their confession. For this, they waited for hours, sometimes all night! His exceptional holiness and numerous miracles irresistibly attracted men and women of all ages and walks of life in search of the truth. 
This priest was Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney. He lived in extreme austerity and he made his village a fervent and exemplary community. Long before his death in 1859 he was the most famous priest in France. He is now considered the Patron and exemplar of priests worldwide.
This classic and comprehensive biography written by Abbé Francis Trochu reveals how Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney overcame numerous obstacles to becoming a priest. He exercised intense simplicity, humility and pastoral zeal to help him transform a miserable village disaffected with religion into a town attracting thousands of pilgrims a year. Canonized in 1925 by Pope Pius XI.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

A Guildsman's Interpretation of History

Incorporating a stunning array of ideas, insights, and interpretations, this remarkable study by
Arthur Penty focuses on 2,000 years of socio-economic trends.
With an attractive and accessible style, important factors and moments of development are highlighted - including the role of the Church beyond its spiritual contributions, the introduction of money, the revival of Roman Law, the birth of Capitalism during the mediaeval period, and the Industrial Revolution. 
Tracing the development and decline of the application of Christian morality to economics, this thorough examination offers a candid historical assessment of the pitfalls of modern society.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

The Guild State: Its Principles and Possibilities

The mediaeval Guild is deconstructed into political theory and social commentary in this contemporary look by G.R.S. Taylor at one of the most important social institutions of the Middle Ages. 

Essential principles and values underlying the Guild System are discussed with a view toward applying them to current societal ills such as unemployment, absentee corporate ownership, and employee disenfranchisement.

The system, adapted to the needs and circumstances of the 21st century, is discussed as a serious economic alternative to the disasters of Capitalism and Socialism; indeed, this book proposes it to be the only useful system because of its successful past.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Neo-Conned and Neo-Conned Again!

Neo-Conned!: Just War Principles: A Condemnation of War in Iraq

Refuting the myth that America's socially conservative thinkers, journalists, and commentators tended to support the war in Iraq, this book incorporates the opinions of some of the leading figures in America's conservative movement on why the decision to go to war and the continuing occupation of Iraq was and is the wrong course of action.
Twenty-five articles by influential thinkers such as former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, syndicated columnists Sam Francis, Joseph Sobran, Eric Margolis, and Charley Reese, leading economist Jude Wanniski, social critics Tom Fleming and Paul Gottfried, and religious figures Bishop John Michael Botean and the late Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani make the case against the Iraqi conflict using conservative arguments on geopolitics, Christian morality, and common sense. Four detailed appendices on the war teachings of the Roman Catholic Church are also provided.
"The essays in these volumes, ranging from the best minds of the liberal left to the great wisdom of the orthodox right, take on the war in Iraq, closely examining the ideas and motives of its planners, promoters and defenders. Here is genuine intellectual diversity and hard analysis--fascinating and required reading." --David Allen White, professor of English, U.S. Naval Academy.
"This trenchant collection of articles about the U.S. war in the Middle East is a fulfillment of my dearest wish: seeing the left-wing and the right-wing, religious and nonreligious, Christian and Muslim opposition to the war united in one front against one mutual enemy. It will be the cornerstone of every future realignment of antiwar forces in the U.S." --Israel Adam Shamir, journalist and author, Flowers of Galilee.
"At last, a truly universal critique on the war in Iraq." --Anthony Cappello, researcher, Victoria University, Australia; director, Freedom Publishing; national secretary, Thomas More Centre.
With a foreword by Bishop Hilarion Capucci, and contributions from Rev. Juan Carlos Iscara, SSPX, Professor John Rao, Dr. Robert Hickson, Paul Likoudis, Dr. Peter Chojnowski, and Professor Romano Amerio. 

Neo-Conned! Again: Hypocrisy, Lawlessness and the Rape of Iraq

The moral, political, and legal problems surrounding the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq are addressed with uncommon frankness in this collection of essays by some of the world's most influential academics, lawyers, journalists, politicians, and military, intelligence, and media experts. Contributions include academics such as Noam Chomsky, Immanuel Wallerstein, and Claes Ryn; journalists Milton Viorst, Robert Fisk, Kirkpatrick Sale, and Justin Raimondo; former CIA professional Ray McGovern; former Defense Intelligence Agency professional W. Patrick Lang; and Fr. Jean-Marie Benjamin, personal friend of the former Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq Traiq Aziz. Discussing the Iraq war and related issues such as the legal foundation of the war on terror, the detention practices at Guantanamo bay, and the roots of the American neo-conservative ideology, the essays illustrate the hypocrisy and illegality of America's stance on terrorism and its policies of aggression in the Middle East.
"Deconstructs the war on Iraq as part of the neo-con blueprint for consolidating the American Empire." --Marjorie Cohn, professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law; executive vice president, National Lawyers Guild; representative, American Association of Jurists
"Much more than just a critique of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, this volume effectively dissects broad aspects of U.S. foreign policy - both of the current Bush Administration and those administrations that preceded it." --Roger E. Kanet, PhD, professor of political science and political developments in Central and Eastern Europe, University of Miami
"This remarkable two-volume collection of essays and interviews provides the most comprehensive coverage of the war and its aftermath available anywhere." --George Downs, dean of social science; professor, New York University
With an introduction from former UN Weapons Inspector, Scott Ritter. 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Lord of the World

Described by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen as one of the three greatest depictions of the advent of the demonic in world literature, Lord of the World is science fiction with a difference.

It foresees the West succumbing to a form of international socialism that crushes individuality. The forces of secular materialism, relativism and state control are everywhere triumphant. Protestantism is no more, and Catholicism – which had seen a period of renewal in the first half of the twentieth century – has been devastated by the development of new psychologies and the exodus of intellectuals in the wake of an Ecumenical Council. Euthanasia has become an instrument of the state, Esperanto the universal second language.

Nevertheless, although organised religion has largely collapsed in the face of institutional secularism, a vague, humanistic religiosity – militantly hostile to the exclusive and supernatural claims of the Church – is present everywhere. Finally, the East, which has amalgamated into a single, pantheistic bloc, poses a military threat.

With the world adrift from all spiritual moorings and seemingly doomed to enter into a civil war between East and West a sinister figure appears from nowhere to achieve world domination. Julian Felsenberg – diplomat, scholar, guru, the Antichrist…

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Death Real and Apparent in Relation to the Sacraments

When we cease to breathe and when our heart stops beating, we are to all appearances dead. Almost everyone would judge that we are dead. But has the soul really left the body?

Fr. Ferreres draws on medical testimony to show that there is a substantial interval between apparent death and real death. He offers the most convincing of all proofs: countless examples of persons “dead” for some hours, so far as science could ascertain, who later “came back to life”.
This truth gives rise to grave questions: how long is the usual interval between apparent and real death? How may we be certain when death has occurred? Can the apparently dead patient still hear and understand? What measures can be used to restore life to an apparently dead patient? What can the priest do for the soul if he arrives after the cessation of the vital functions? How long should burial be delayed?
Fr. Ferreres’s work will rivet every reader’s attention and will reward him with information of the greatest usefulness.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Defence of the Seven Sacraments

King Henry VIII is famous for having sundered England from the papacy in 1534.

But in 1521 he was still fully Catholic and personally wrote this punchy theological treatise against the "pestilential heresy" of Martin Luther.

Before the death of his elder brother, Henry had been destined for the Church. He displays true learning and skilful debating in his defence of the seven sacraments and the Holy See. He poignantly champions the divine origin of the papacy and proves at length the indissolubility of the Sacrament of Matrimony which he was in later years to violate so often. It was this work which won for Henry the title of "Defender of the Faith", awarded by Pope Leo X, which still appears on British coins.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Thoughts for the Sick

The Rev. C. Hoffman (C.SS.R) compiles some of the thoughts from a man who suffered and was sick.

It took Alphonsus Liguori nineteen years to die and here are the thoughts that sustained him.

These thoughts are the ones which so cheered Aubrey Beardsley, artist-convert, in his last moments: "I have been reading a good deal of St. Alphonsus Liguori; no one dispels depression more effectively than he. Reading his loving exclamations so lovingly reiterated, it is impossible to remain dull and sullen." 

This book is suggested for those who are hospitalised, bed-ridden or suffering from illness and need some hopeful and practical thoughts to help them with their time of trial. 

Nihil Obstat: Arthur J. Scanlan, S.T.D.; Imprimatur: Patrick Cardinal Hayes; First printed 1932.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

The Life of Father Ignatius Spencer, C. P.

Who is this ragged old pauper lying dead in a ditch in Scotland in 1865, penniless and alone? 

Can it really be the Honourable George Spencer - son, brother and uncle of earls? Whose father was the First Lord of the Admiralty? Whose sister is governess to Queen Victoria? Whose cousin and playfellow was the Lord Lucan who gave the fateful order to the Light Brigade? The relative of the Dukes of Marlborough and Devonshire, the familiar acquaintance of Prime Ministers? An alumnus of Eton and Cambridge, a scholar, polyglot, and one-time man-about-town? Whose great great great niece, Lady Diana Spencer, is destined to wed the heir to the throne?
Look closer. What is this strange black habit about the corpse? But hush - it is the body of a priest, a religious. The dead man has voluntarily renounced riches for poverty, comfort for the Cross, friendship with the mighty for fellowship with the poor. He has given up even his name and title for that of Father Ignatius of St. Paul.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Money Manipulation and Social Order

Father Denis Fahey (1883-1954) was one of the most erudite and holy priests of his day.

He had learnt from the popes that the world’s ills are due to errors spread by organised forces of subversion hostile to the reign of Christ, and that their cure can be found in the opposing truths exposed by Saint Thomas Aquinas. His books set out the opposition between the programme of Christ the King for the good of mankind and the programme of modern naturalism and liberalism which invariably wreaks ruin.
In Money Manipulation and Social Order, Father Fahey explains how the world’s banking system works, how money is brought into being, what determines its value, how it is distributed and all major economic phenomena. In contrast with this, he sets out what money ought to be and how the world’s finances would be organized if men would submit to the sweet yoke of Christ in public as well as in private life.
Fahey denounces as immoral and suicidal the debt-spiral of money created as an interest-bearing loan.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

The Dates of the Birth and Death of Jesus Christ

Is the Christian calendar we all use historically accurate?

Was 1 A.D. really the first “year of the Lord”?

Does the Christian era start from the true date of Our Lord’s birth?
Was Christ in fact crucified under Pontius Pilate in 33 A.D. as Christian tradition tells us? 

Is there any way of knowing for sure?

Most scholars answer, 'no'. They claim that our calendar is wrong and that Christ was born at the latest in 4 B.C. They rely on the first century Jewish historian’s date for the death of Herod to reject the traditional date assigned by Dionysius the Little which the civilised world has followed ever since.

But General Hugues de Nanteuil has re-examined the evidence and demonstrates overwhelmingly that it was Josephus who got his dates wrong, not the Church.

While vindicating the Christian calendar he also provides a mass of fascinating testimony to the historical truth of the Christian Faith.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The End of the Present World

This book played a crucial role in the life of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus who warmly recommended it.

Canon Arminjon recounts all that Scripture contains and that tradition transmits about the last times of this world, Antichrist, the conversion of the Jews, the two witnesses, death, judgment, heaven and hell, eternity.

He explains the life of Christian sacrifice as the key to eternal glory.

Fascinating and readable, Arminjon's book changes lives !

This translation remains, as far as we know, the only unabridged, unexpurgated English version of this Catholic bestseller on the market.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The Pope and The Antichrist

Cardinal Manning's 1861 study of the papacy as the obstacle to Antichrist has never been more topical.

The learned convert seems to have foreseen many details of the present crisis: religious liberty, ecumenism, national apostasy, apparent defeat of the Church.

Manning argues that the apostasy of the nations of Christendom and the eclipse of the papacy will usher in the reign of Antichrist.

Monday, 20 June 2016

The Christian of the Day and the Christian of the Gospel

The saintly Fr. Emmanuel André (1826–1903) was probably France’s most successful pastor of the last two centuries after the Curé of Ars.

He transformed his lukewarm rural parish into a haven of sanctity and founded a Benedictine monastery there, of which he was been named abbot. His work inspired Saint Pius X.
Looking at the Catholics of his day, Fr. Emmanuel was horror-stricken. He saw their salvation jeopardised, especially by Naturalism, doctrinal ignorance, moral laxity, vanity, worldliness and want of the spirit of the Church. The chief weapon he used to convert souls was the Church’s official prayer, the traditional Roman liturgy.
In this short book Fr. Emmanuel sets out with frightening clarity the gulf that separates ignorant, worldly and temporising Catholics from the Christian whose mind and life fully reflects Christ’s Gospel. Never before translated.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Why I Became a Catholic

This book is a masterpiece from the author, Henry Edward Cardinal Manning, on the four Truths that are the four corners of his faith:

"Some years ago, being for many days on a journey without work or books, I thought that it might be a fair time to write down, in fewest words, the reasons for what I believe. The thoughts were written as the crow flies, over wide lands and a long flight, without deviation from the straight line. Much was, therefore, omitted that might be said, but the continuity and coherence of the reasoning were my only aim. They who will do more solidly what I have done so slightly will deserve and receive my thanks. The text remains as it was written. The references have been since added."

The Appendix contains "A Brief History of the Life of Henry Edward Manning" which provides a background on the reasons why Manning became a convert to the Catholic Faith.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

First Saturday

"Whether the world has war or peace depends on the practice of this devotion (the First Saturdays), along with the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This is why I desire its propagation so ardently, especially because this is also the will of our dear Mother in Heaven".
      -      Sister Lucia, 19th March 1939.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

101 Reasons Why We Should Leave the EU

Authored by traditionally- minded Catholic, and long-time anti-EU campaigner, Hugh Williams, this pamphlet presents 101 compelling practical reasons why we should reject the European Union.

Re-issued and updated specifically with the forthcoming Referendum on the U.K.'s continued membership of the EU in mind.

101 Reasons Why We Should Leave the EU is priced at £3.00 and comes postage free.

Sizeable discounts are available on bulk orders so people can distribute copies and spread the word! Please email for details.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The Book of Gomorrah

"Alas, it is shameful to speak of it! It is shameful to relate such a disgusting scandal to sacred ears! But if the doctor fears the virus of the plague, who will apply the cauterization? If he is nauseated by those whom he is to cure, who will lead sick souls back to the state of health?"

With these words, St. Peter Damian introduces The Book of Gomorrah, an eloquent and impassioned denunciation of a plague of homosexuality among the Catholic clergy of the 11th century. Although it was written almost a thousand years ago, The Book of Gomorrah is in many ways addressed to our own times, associating the phenomena of clerical homosexuality and pederasty, and endorsing the imprisonment of clergy who are a danger to youth.

This new translation by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman is the most accurate and faithful ever produced in English, and carries a foreword by Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez, Archbishop Emeritus of Guadalajara. It includes a 10,000-word biographical introduction recounting Damian's struggle against corruption in the Catholic Church, and a Translator's Preface that breaks new scholarly ground and resolves old controversies about the text.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

The Life of General de Sonis

General Gaston de Sonis (1825-1887) was one of France’s most distinguished soldiers of the nineteenth century.

He displayed outstanding skill and valour on the battlefields of Algeria, Italy and in the Franco-Prussian war in which he lost a leg, but saved the honour of a defeated nation. 

An exemplary father of twelve children, he was also a warrior of the Sacred Heart, ennobled by Pope Leo XIII and the cause of whose canonisation is pending at Rome.

Lying close to death upon the battlefield of Loigny in 1870 he received signal graces and light from Our Lady.

This book tells his inspiring story.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

The Ethics of Ectopic Pregnancy

Most people can easily see why abortion is wrong. But the issue of abortion on medical grounds is more complex for many when doctors say that, if the baby is not destroyed, both mother and child will inevitably die.

It is argued that between two evils, the lesser should be chosen. Father Bouscaren’s classic work is devoted to the only case in which this conflict is at all likely: the case of ectopic pregnancy.

With the skill of a gifted moralist who is also a persuasive debater, the author shows that, although the death of one person is evidently a lesser evil than the death of two, nonetheless the death of one person intended and produced directly by a violation of the moral law is not a lesser evil than the death of two from natural causes without any sin on the part of anyone.

But he also opposes the simplistic view that would require every ectopic pregnancy to be left to its fatal conclusion. He explains which procedures are morally acceptable and medically useful.

Monday, 14 March 2016

The School of Saint Philip Neri

Bishop Crispino invites his readers to become scholars in the school of Saint Philip and to pursue holiness by the saint's methods and example as well as those of his immediate disciples.

Saint Philip Neri was chosen by God to renew the penances, the holiness and the miracles of the Fathers of the desert in the heart of post-Renaissance Rome. Many of his disciples also attained great holiness under the Saint’s guidance. The city of Rome was transformed. He converted great sinners and little ones and even ... the lukewarm. He knew how to cure vices however incurable and shameful they might appear. Humour and humility, austerity and originality seasoned his apostolate.

Every page of his life-story is fascinating, yet this book is not a biography, but a complete guide to the spiritual life:one that is irresistibly entertaining, with its constant thread of edifying anecdotes, charming the reader’s imagination as it leads him insensibly to aspire to imitate as well as admire.