Miracles abound while St. Philip is still alive.
He bi-located! A young man was drowning, when suddenly St. Philip appeared; lifting him up out of the sea, he pulled him to shore.
He performed a triple miracle. In another instance, St. Philip predicted that three young man would go to Corsica, would drown in the middle of the sea, and end up in Rome, where they would be raised from the dead. All this came to pass, when St. Philip Neri was still alive.
He liberated those possessed by the devil. One day, he was called to exorcise a demon from Catherine d’Aversa; as he was praying over her, a demon resembling a mad dog came out of her and flew toward him. Philip took a mace and flung it wildly at the demon and he disappeared.
There was a young man who was possessed. St. Philip Neri entered the room and addressed the demon demanding, “Do you know who I am?” Taken aback by his holiness and strength, and fearing his authority, the demon came out of the youth in a cloud of gray smoke!
St. Philip had been confessor to a young prince who was now on his death bed. He asked the youth, if he wanted to get well; to which he answered, “I want the Will of God.”
The young prince was now dying, and he called for St. Philip. He couldn’t go because he was celebrating Mass, and the young prince died. After the Mass was over, St. Philip ran immediately to the palace. The royal family was gathered around the prince’s bed, grieving. When St. Philip learned that the youth had wanted to confess once more before dying, he began to weep. Then he blessed the prince with Holy Water. He put a little of the water on the prince’s lips, placed his hand on him, and called out, “Paul! Paul!”
The youth opened his eyes and filled with joy, he said, “Father, how much I prayed for you to come. I had forgotten a sin and I wanted to confess.” The saint told everyone to leave the room and after hearing his confession, St. Philip asked the youth, “Are you now content to die?” At which he answered, “Yes Father, because now I know I am going to Heaven.” St. Philip said “I bless you. Go in peace.” The little prince died, his eyes filled with peace as he gave up his spirit.
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