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Saint Philip The Apostle

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  • Hello everyone and welcome to Saint Study Episode #110 – “St. Philip The Apostle”
    • Thank you for joining us – maybe we can all learn enough today that by the end of the program we will say, “I didn’t know that” (But now I do!)
    • What is a saint? A Canonized Saint is someone recognized by the Church as having led a life of great charity & heroic virtue. Their example of how to conquer any sin imaginable is so important that it was worth recognizing these men & women in a significant way. Anyone (canonized or not) whose soul was cleansed in Purgatory and now resides in Heaven is a Saint. It is every Christian’s goal to become a saint.
  • We always begin our learning by inviting the Holy Spirit to be with us…
    • In the Name Of The Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Amen.
    • Dear Heavenly Father we ask you to be with us as we hear about the lives of your Saints. We ask that our minds be open and that you may fill us with the knowledge that was so loved by the men and women who lived lives of heroic virtue and great charity. Allow us to understand and emulate these Saints who we now know are in your company. In your name we pray, Amen.
  • Let’s look at The Saint for this weeks study St. Philip The Apostle
    • Saints Birth, Life-Bio, Death, Feast Day,
      • Again the early Saints have little recorded about their early life
      • Was a native of Bethsaida on Lake Genesereth.
      • Was a fisherman like St. Peter & Andrew
      • Was a follower of John The Baptist (Like St. Andrew was)
      • Brought his friend Nathaniel (St. Bartholomew the Apostle) to Jesus
      • St. Philip’s name stands 5th in the lists of the Apostles from the Gospels. (after brothers Peter & Andrew – James & John)
      • Became an apostle the day after St. Peter & St. Andrew
      • Gospel events with St. Philip
        • Before the miraculous feeding of the multitude, Christ turns towards Philip with the question: "Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?" to which the Apostle answers: "Two hundred penny-worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one may take a little" (John 6: St. Philip witnesses the miracle of the fishes & loaves)
        • When some heathens in Jerusalem came to Philip and expressed their desire to see Jesus, Philip reported the fact to Andrew and then both brought the news to the Savior (John 12: 20)
        • When Philip, after Christ had spoken to His Apostles of knowing and seeing the Father, said to Him: "Lord, shew us the Father, and it is enough for us", he received the answer: "He that seeth me, seeth the Father also" (John 14: 8)
      • Preached in Scythia for 20 yrs.
      • Destroyed the heresy of the Hebronites while St. Philip evangelized Hierapolin, Asia. They claimed that Jesus was not human but only in semblance of a human. St. Philip taught them that Jesus really was fully divine & fully human.
      • Philip was martyred by the Paynims when he was 87 years old.
      • St. Philip was put on a cross and crucified. St. Philip’s cross was inverted (like St. Peters was)
      • St. Philips two daughters helped during his evangelization – they died later and were buried on either side of him.
      • St. Philip’s feast day is May 3rd.
  • Patronage
    •  is the patron saint for
      • Frascati, Italy
      • hat makers
      • hatters
      • Luxembourg
      • milliners
      • Monterotondo, Italy
      • Nemi, Italy
      • pastry chefs
      • San Felipe Indian Pueblo
      • Uruguay
  • Conclusions – Interesting notes about their life or sainthood
    • It would appear that St. Philip was a gentle and practical man.
    • When he asked Jesus "Lord, shew us the Father, and it is enough for us" it tells us just how much even the apostles didn’t understand what Jesus had been teaching them about God & Jesus (The Father & The Son – They kept thinking only from an earthly point of view.) All a prelude to why they needed the Holy Spirit.
    • Can you believe someone martyred an 87 yr. old man? His words must have been powerful!


  • Homework
    • Read all the way through - John 6, John12 & John 14 – The three Gospel references for St. Philip.
  • Email – Received a pleasant email from a “Sue” in central Illinois. She tells us how her daughter was sick last week and while at home tending to her and working on the computer she listened to the SaintStudy podcast. She even replayed some of the episodes.
    • Thanks so much “Sue” for your email. We love hearing from you!
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