On this day when the Founder of the Congregation of the Oratory is commemorated, we greet our dear friends in the Oxford and York Oratories. May their holy Founder live on in them!

St Philip said: ‘One of the most efficient ways of keeping ourselves sinless is to have compassion for those who fall due to frailty, and never to boast of our rightness, but with real humility acknowledge that if we are in a state of grace, it is by the mercy of God’.

May God bless you today and, in spite of all, keep you in the peace and ‘good spirits’ that so characterised St Philip.