The Life of St. Philip Neri
St. Philip Neri lived in the most important century for the history of Western Europe, and in the Catholic Church. Yet, he figures very little into its main events. Rather, he is present in the background, hearing confessions for hours a day, always at prayer, directing penitents in all orders of life, from nobles to homeless peasants. He directed great intellectuals like Cardinal Baronius, or the future Pope Clement VIII, as well as very simple souls and young boys.
This work, originally published in 1859, is largely a translation of Vita di S. Filippo Neri, written by Pietro Bacci, and is based on and augmented from documents in the Canonization process.
The work is an excellent and beautiful biography of St. Philip’s deep prayer life, his gift of prophecy, and how he worked tirelessly in obedience to Christ to lead all to Him, no matter what their state. It is a beautiful testimony of God’s providence at work to reform his Church.
Cesar Cardinal Baronius: Founder of Church History
The Life of Cardinal Baronius is the life of a scholar, of the man who not only founded the discipline of Church history, but also created the model of historical scholarship that is used today. Baronius, though a humble scholar in the oratory of St. Philip Neri, found himself mixed into the great events of his age, in correspondence with the great, while his work on the Annals brought him glory for having systematized history.
The Mediatrix Press edition of Lady Amabel Kerr’s life of Cardinal Baronius has been reprinted from the original, it is not a facsimile. We have taken pains to make this the best edition of this book in print! We have also added many pictures of the subjects and places in the book.