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Monday, August 4, 2008

Feast of St. John Mary Vianney - Model of the Diocesan Priesthood

From Catholic News Agency
Saint of the Day - August 04, 2008

St. John Mary Vianney

"We cannot comprehend the power that a pure soul has over God. It is not the soul that does God's will, but God who does the soul's will." -- Saint John Vianney.

Born May 8, 1786 in Dardilly, near Lyon, in a family of farmers, Jean-Marie Vianney started preparing his priesthood when he was 20 with Father Balley, priest of Ecully. He was ordained in 1815 and became Curate in Ecully. He was then sent to Ars in 1818. As soon as he arrived, he made the church his home. Night and day, there he was, in front of the tabernacle, praying the Lord for his parishioners'conversion. Little by little, he revived their faith through his sermons but above all through his prayers and his lifestyle. He restored and embellished his church, formed an orphanage : « La Providence » and took care of the poor. Very quickly, his reputation as a confessor drew to him many pilgrims seeking the pardon of God and the peace of heart.

Assailed by many fights and ordeals he kept his heart rooted in the love of God and his brothers ; his only concern was the salvation of the souls. His catechisms and his homelies mainly dealt with the goodness and mercy of God. This priest burning with love before the Blessed Sacrament, entirely devoted to God, to his parishioners and to the pilgrims, died August 4,1859, after having reached the limite of Love.

He practised mortification from his early youth and for forty years his food and sleep were insufficient, humanly speaking, to sustain life. And yet he laboured incessantly, with unfailing humility, gentleness, patience, and cheerfulness, until he was more than seventy-three years old.

On 3 October, 1874 Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney was proclaimed Venerable by Pius IX and on 8 January, 1905, he was enrolled among the Blessed. Pope Pius X proposed him as a model to the parochial clergy.

In 1925, Pope Pius XI canonized him. His feast is kept on 4 August.

1 comment:

Dan Hunter said...

St John Mary Vianney pray for us.

Does anyone know if Father Vianney offered the Tridentine Rite or the Gallican?
Thank you and God bless you