Obedient to his father’s wish, St. Philip studied and practiced medicine. But our Lady bade him enter her Order of Servites. He offered himself as a lay brother but his ability was soon recognized, he was ordained a priest, became master of novices and general of his order. By flight only, did he escape being elevated to the papal throne.
The just shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus. — Introit