Posted by: fvbcdm | May 3, 2017

Feast of Saints Philip and James (3 May 2017)

In the Vatican Information Service bulletin of today, it is announced that the Holy Father will celebrate Mass in the town of Frascati in honor of its patron saints, Philip and James, two of the Apostles whom the Church honors today.

In 1995, friends and I were traveling in that part of Italy—the Roman campagna, as it’s called—when we wanted to visit the town of Nemmi close by. We became confused in reading our map and couldn’t find Nemmi!  So we stopped a passerby and asked, in our halting Italian, how to get to Nemmi.  He thought about it for a moment, tried to give us directions, and then evidently decided that it would be easier just to lead us there rather than try to explain to some confused Americans how to get to Nemmi.  So he simply said, “Follow me,” which we gladly did.  After a lovely drive of maybe three or four miles, we got to Nemmi.  He blew his horn, smiled broadly, waved us on into the heart of the mountainous town, and then went on his way.  I wonder if he remembers that incident.  I doubt it.  But my friends and I remember it very clearly and often reminisce about the nice fellow who led us a few miles to Nemmi. His kindness was one of those fragrant flowers that grow along the way of our lives and warm our hearts.

Our Lord tells us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.  Will you try to do something for someone else today that you would like him or her to do to you?  Or that he or she will remember with delight years after it happens?  May God reward the man who led us to Nemmi; may God reward us, too, if we treat others with kindness. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  Father Brown composed this message some years ago.  Please pray for the souls of the faithful departed, including Father Brown.


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