phillip neri

one of the things i like abt Catholicism

is our relative chillness about being flawed humans. like some Christians right off the bat are like “did you know that you’ll go to hell if you don’t repent?” and catholics i know are more like “did you know that saint phillip neri sometimes shaved half his beard in order to be less intimidating to children?” 

and people are so struck by the weirdness of saint facts they look at you like… “so… did that actually work out for him?” 

and then as a catholic you’re like “huh.” and then you discuss relative scariness of men with beards from santa clause to charles manson and where monks with half a beard might fit on that scale. it’s a blast