St Philip Neri
He was born in Florence in 1515. At the age of eighteen he went to Rome, and earned his living as a tutor. He undertook much-needed charitable work among the young men of the city, and started a brotherhood to help the sick poor and pilgrims.
He became a priest in 1551 and worked tirelessly to educate the young of his town. Philip encouraged all to live a life full of laughter and joy and would often encourage those who he deemed to be too serious to do daft things to bring joy into their lives.
This week let us pray for a spirit of joy to enliven our lives.