Ordinary Time: August 23rd
St. Philip had special talents for leadership and organization;
he was the second founder of the Servites and a great missioner.
Of him the Breviary says: "His love and sympathetic
consideration for the poor was truly remarkable. On one
occasion, he gave his own clothing to a destitute leper at
Camiliano, a village near Siena, and immediately the poor, sick
beggar was healed. The report of the miracle spread far and
wide, and many of the cardinals who had assembled at Viterbo
after the death of Clement IV (1268) for the election of
Christendom's chief shepherd were minded to choose Philip, whose
angelic life and mature wisdom were universally acknowledged.
But as soon as the saint became aware of this, he went into
hiding upon a hill until Gregory X (1271-1276) had been elected;
for he sought to be spared that burdensome dignity."
Philip died at Todi in Tuscany. During his last hours, he
requested the attending Brother to bring him his book. The
Brother did not understand what he meant. "The crucifix," the
saint added. That was the book the saint had studied all the
days of his life.