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St John Vianney, Patron of Parish Priests(1786-1859)[Cure of Ars]
Our Lady of the Rosary Library ^ | May 9, 2003 | Our Lady of the Rosary Library

Posted on 08/04/2003 1:15:59 PM PDT by Lady In Blue

St. John Vianney, Patron of Parish Priests


The Secret of His Holiness - A Lesson for Priests and Parents Alike

Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney was a religious personality of unusual force.  To the incomparable exclusion of everything else he addressed himself to the greater honor and glory of God and the salvation of souls.  He accepted his obligation to holiness at an early age, and it took complete possession of him.  Every word he uttered was spoken out of the world of religiousness.  He brought to a conclusion an achievement which it would be hard for anyone to imitate.  From this man there emanated an influence which cannot be overlooked, and the results of which cannot be contested even by scoffers.
St. John Vianney's mother was a woman of great piety, and she led him into the way of religion at an early age.  "I owe a debt to my mother," said the priest of Ars, and added, "virtue goes easily from mothers into the hearts of their children, who willingly do what they see being done."  St. John was one of the many instances of those men who had before their eyes the model of a pious mother, whose influence can often last for a lifetime.  He was a good-natured boy, with blue eyes and brown hair.  In spite of his lively disposition, he admitted much later on in life that "when I was young, I did not know evil.  I was first acquainted with it in the confessional, from the mouths of sinners."
St. John Vianney, who only after much toil and trouble had been admitted to the priesthood, achieved something which many priests would like to have done, but which is granted to scarcely any.  Not over night, but little by little, the tiny hamlet of Ars underwent a change.  The people of Ars were unable to remain aloof for long from the grace which radiated from the remarkable personality of their priest.
In his sermons he felt that his primary goal was to teach that ignorance in matters of faith was the basic cause of laxity in morals.  "We are convinced," he declared from the pulpit, "that this sin alone causes the loss of more souls than all the other sins together, because he who is ignorant does not realize the harm he does by his sin, nor the great good he thus forfeits."  It is good to note that this saint considered ignorance a sin.  Today it is often thought to be a substitute for virtue and a means of salvation.
In his early sermons, he thundered against the prevalent vices of the village of Ars:  blasphemies, cursing, profanation of Sundays, dances and gatherings at taverns, immodest songs and conversations.  "The tavern," he would say, "is the devil's own shop, the school where hell retails its dogmas, the market where souls are bartered, the place where families are broken up, were health is undermined, where quarrels are started and murders committed."
Saint John Marie would never consider Ars converted until all of the 200 villagers were living up to the ten commandments of God, the six precepts of the Church and the fulfillment of their duties in life.  Was this asking too much in exchange for Heaven? Complete enforcement of the third commandment took eight long years.  "You labor, but what you earn proves the ruin of your soul and your body.  If we ask those who work on Sunday, 'What have you been doing?' they might answer:  'I have been selling my soul to the devil and crucifying our Lord... I am doomed to hell...'  When I behold people driving carts on Sunday, it seems to me I see them carting their souls to Hell."
Undoubtedly though, the most heinous crime in the eyes of this saint, the one that made him weep whenever he heard it or spoke against it, was the taking of the most Holy Name of Jesus in vain.  He used to say that it was an astounding miracle that people who did this were not struck dead on the spot.  But he warned them, "If the sin of blasphemy is rampant in your home, it will surely perish."
Modesty was absolutely required, not only when in church but at all times - no low necks or bare arms.
It took St. John Vianney ten whole years to renew Ars, but the community changed so noticeably and to such an extent that it was observed even by outsiders.  There was no more working on Sundays, the church was filled more and more every year, and drunkenness fell off.  In the end the taverns had to close their doors since they had no more customers; and even domestic squabbles abated.  Honesty became the principal characteristic.  "Ars is no longer Ars," as St. John Vianney himself wrote; for it had undergone a fundamental change.  Under his guidance the little village became a community of pious people, to whom all his labors were directed.  He delighted in teaching the children their catechism and he did this daily.  After a while the grown-ups came too and he found that those who were children during the Revolution were in complete ignorance of their religious duties.  He taught the people love for the rosary and wanted everyone to carry one around at all times.  It is truly astounding to reflect upon what St. John Vianney, with a staff of trained assistants, was able to achieve in the village in the space of a few years.  What an immense amount of endeavor underlay his work will best be appreciated by anyone who has had to convert only a few drunkards to sanity.
The explanation of this mysterious transformation of the village of Ars can only be grasped in the remarkable manner that this simple priest realized that a man must always begin with himself, and that even the rebirth of a community can only be achieved by its renewing itself.  We must expect nothing of men which is not already embodied within them.  On the basis of this perception St. John Vianney set to work, in the first place, upon himself, so that he could attain the ideal which he demanded of his parishioners in his own person.  He took his own religious obligations with the greatest seriousness, and did not care whether the people noticed this or not.  And finally the inhabitants of Ars said to each other:  "Our priest always does what he says himself; he practices what he preaches.  Never have we seen him allow himself any form of relaxation."
The priest of Ars subjected himself to a strict fast.  In this way he sought to reduce the requirements of his life to minimum.  One meal sufficed him for the whole day.  He abstained from alcohol except wine at holy Mass and normally ate only a little black bread and one or two potatoes cooked in water:  he would prepare sufficient of these to last him the whole week, keeping them in an earthenware pan, and often they were covered with a coating of mold.  Frequently he fasted for a whole day until, overcome, he would collapse from physical weakness.  In view of this mode of life he had no need, of course, of a housekeeper--apart from the face that his house stood almost empty anyway.  Since he considered that his self-mortification was all too inadequate, he had a special penitential garment made, which he wore next to his skin, and which, by reason of the constant friction against his body, was soon stained a reddish brown.  For the most part he slept on a bare mattress --when he was not sleeping on a bundle of wood down in the cellar.
With an iron-tipped scourge, which he would wear out in two weeks, he was in the habit of lashing his naked back mercilessly every day until the blood began to spurt out and he collapsed to the ground with a dull moan.  Yet this practice of St. John Vianney's, which appears sheer folly to the worldly, bears a striking resemblance to the words of Jesus - "But this kind is not cast out but by prayer and fasting." (Matt. 17:20) St. John did not scourge himself for his own amusement; he sought to do penance for the guilty.  This asceticism was an act of expiation for others.  "My friend, here is my cure:  I shall give you a small penance, the rest I shall do for you myself," said the priest of Ars.  This act of expiation on behalf of his parish is the meaning underlying the frightful self mortification which he practiced.  Whoever considers the blood-flecked walls of St. John Vianney's bedroom for any length of time, and reflects upon them again and again, will suddenly realize that the solution to the mystery of transformation of Ars is to be found conclusively in the fantastic battles of penance which were played out in this memorable room.  What went on here wrought the complete renovation of the village.
The priest of Ars had a second goal which he sought to attain through his heroic asceticism.  The only subject-matter which St. John Vianney really grasped in the course of his education was the lives of the Saints.  He read so much and so long on this theme, and became so impressed by their holy lives that he wanted for himself and others to follow their wonderful examples.  The ideal of holiness enchanted him.  This was the theme which underlay his sermons.  "We must practice mortification.  For this is the path which all the Saints have followed," he said from the pulpit.  He placed himself in that great tradition which leads the way to holiness through personal sacrifice.  "If we are not now saints, it is a great misfortune for us:  therefore we must be so.  As long as we have no love in our hearts, we shall never be Saints."  The Saint, to him, was not an exceptional man before whom we should marvel, but a possibility which was open to all Catholics.  Unmistakably did he declare in his sermons that "to be a Christian and to live in sin is a monstrous contradiction.  A Christian must be holy."  With his Christian simplicity he had clearly thought much on these things and understood them by divine inspiration, while they are usually denied to the understanding of educated men.  He drew special attention to the fact that in the Bible no reference is made to any miracle performed by John the Baptist, Mary or Joseph.  "Thus you see that holiness does not consist in doing great things, but in truly obeying the commandments of God, and in fulfilling His instructions according to the condition in which He has been pleased to place us."  For the priest of Ars there was one goal only - to follow the Saints.  Everything else seemed pale to him compared with this.  "We must never lose sight of the fact that we are either Saints or outcasts, that we must live for Heaven or for Hell; there is no middle path in this."  St. John Vianney himself move irresistibly nearer to a state of holiness.  And the people of Ars began to realize more and more vividly, "Our priest is a Saint!" And it was before the Saint and not the zealot that they bowed down.  It was the hidden Saint in Fr. Vianney who brought about the transformation of the village, as a peasant of Ars once said:  "Oh, we are no different from other people.  But we would be utterly ashamed if we were to commit such sins with a Saint in our midst."
The conversion of the whole parish was too unusual an occurrence for it to remain unknown.  From the year 1827, there began the famous stream of pilgrims to Ars.  People went to Ars from all parts of France, from Belgium, from England and even from America.  The principal motive which led all these crowds of pilgrims to the priest of Ars was purely the desire for him to hear their confession and to receive spiritual counsel from him.  They were driven to his thronged confessional by the longing to meet once and for all the priest who knew all about the reality of the soul.  The priest of Ars possessed the ability to see the human soul in its nakedness, freed of its body.  This grace is only rarely bestowed on men.  He never put his nose into the spiritual affairs of other people.  He was entirely free from inquisitiveness.  Like St. Francis de Sales, he had the gift of "seeing everything and not looking at anyone."  In confessing people this holy man, who had a fundamental knowledge of sin, strove after one thing only:  to save souls.  This was his ardent desire, and for the sake of it he suffered all the tortures of his daylong confinement in the confessional.  This great saint heard confessions from 13 to 17 hours a day, and could tell a penitent's sins even when they were withheld.  In order to save souls one must be possessed of that holy love of men which consumed the priest of Ars.  He would often weep in the confessional and when he was asked why he wept, he would reply:  "My friend, I weep because you do not weep."
St. John Vianney possessed the gift of being able to understand the soul of a man in an instant, and, without any lengthy explanations, to feel at once what spiritual trouble was afflicting it.  He had a clear sighted vision which often enabled him to foretell to a man what would happen to him in the future.  This gift of God overpowered the people who visited his confessional, and to whom he granted a word of pardon.  The words and advice of the Cure were like darts; they penetrated deeply.  He said little, but his little was enough.  To a priest who complained about the indifference of people in his parish, St. John Vianney answered:  "You have preached; you have prayed, but have you fasted? Have you taken the discipline? (a self imposed scourge.) Have you slept on the floor? So long as you have done none of these things, you have no right to complain."  To a mother of a large family, who was expecting another child, he said with fatherly kindness and consideration:  "Be comforted, my child.  If you only knew the women who will go to Hell because they did not bring into the world the children they should have given to it."
In 1925, the holy priest of Ars received the highest honor of the Church by being canonized and placed in the index of the Saints.  The life of St. John Vianney is the story of a humble and holy man who barely succeeded in becoming a priest, but who converted thousands of sinners.
The devil often attacked him physically and set fire to his bed.  The evil one once revealed to St. John Vianney that if there were three such men as he alive at one time, his kingdom (the devil's) would be destroyed.  At the time of his death in 1859, over 100,000 people visited the little village of Ars, France.  Today over 500,000 people visit this simple farming town where they come to see the incorrupt body of one of the greatest saints in the history of the Church.
In 1929, Pope Pius XI designated St. John Vianney the patron saint of parish priests; and this nomination gives rise to one last reflection:  Every priest can learn an infinity of wisdom from the life and words of St. John Vianney, for there could scarcely be a better fundamental principle than this:  "A priest should never get the idea into his head that he can do nothing in his parish, however long he has striven and however fruitless his endeavors may have been; nor should he ever think that he has done enough, however hard he may have toiled."

If you want to know what the Catholic Faith is about, read the lives of the saints.  You are urged to obtain the following book on this great saint:  THE CURE OF ARS, by Father Bartholomew O'Brien, 133 pgs., for $3.00 or The Curé d'Ars by Abbe Francis Trochu-576 pgs., for $12 from Our Lady of the Rosary Library.

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The incorrupt body of St John Vianney

Catechism on the Priesthood
by Saint John Vianney

Saint John Mary Baptiste Vianney portrait painting, artist unknown"> My children, we have come to the Sacrament of Orders. It is a Sacrament which seems to relate to no one among you, and which yet relates to everyone. This Sacrament raises man up to God. What is a priest! A man who holds the place of God -- a man who is invested with all the powers of God. "Go, " said Our Lord to the priest; "as My Father sent Me, I send you. All power has been given Me in Heaven and on earth. Go then, teach all nations. . . . He who listens to you, listens to Me; he who despises you despises Me. " When the priest remits sins, he does not say, "God pardons you"; he says, "I absolve you. " At the Consecration, he does not say, "This is the Body of Our Lord;" he says, "This is My Body. "

Saint Bernard tells us that everything has come to us through Mary; and we may also say that everything has come to us through the priest; yes, all happiness, all graces, all heavenly gifts. If we had not the Sacrament of Orders, we should not have Our Lord. Who placed Him there, in that tabernacle? It was the priest. Who was it that received your soul, on its entrance into life? The priest. Who nourishes it, to give it strength to make its pilgrimage? The priest. Who will prepare it to appear before God, by washing that soul, for the last time, in the blood of Jesus Christ? The priest -- always the priest. And if that soul comes to the point of death, who will raise it up, who will restore it to calmness and peace? Again the priest. You cannot recall one single blessing from God without finding, side by side with this recollection, the image of the priest.

Go to confession to the Blessed Virgin, or to an angel; will they absolve you? No. Will they give you the Body and Blood of Our Lord? No. The Holy Virgin cannot make her Divine Son descend into the Host. You might have two hundred angels there, but they could not absolve you. A priest, however simple he may be, can do it; he can say to you, "Go in peace; I pardon you. " Oh, how great is a priest! The priest will not understand the greatness of his office till he is in Heaven. If he understood it on earth, he would die, not of fear, but of love. The other benefits of God would be of no avail to us without the priest. What would be the use of a house full of gold, if you had nobody to open you the door! The priest has the key of the heavenly treasures; it is he who opens the door; he is the steward of the good God, the distributor of His wealth. Without the priest, the Death and Passion of Our Lord would be of no avail. Look at the heathens: what has it availed them that Our Lord has died? Alas! they can have no share in the blessings of Redemption, while they have no priests to apply His Blood to their souls!

The priest is not a priest for himself; he does not give himself absolution; he does not administer the Sacraments to himself. He is not for himself, he is for you. After God, the priest is everything. Leave a parish twenty years without priests; they will worship beasts. If the missionary Father and I were to go away, you would say, "What can we do in this church? there is no Mass; Our Lord is no longer there: we may as well pray at home. " When people wish to destroy religion, they begin by attacking the priest, because where there is no longer any priest there is no sacrifice, and where there is no longer any sacrifice there is no religion.

When the bell calls you to church, if you were asked, "Where are you going?" you might answer, "I am going to feed my soul. " If someone were to ask you, pointing to the tabernacle, "What is that golden door?" "That is our storehouse, where the true Food of our souls is kept. " "Who has the key? Who lays in the provisions? Who makes ready the feast, and who serves the table?" "The priest. " "And what is the Food?" "The precious Body and Blood of Our Lord. " O God! O God! how Thou hast loved us! See the power of the priest; out of a piece of bread the word of a priest makes a God. It is more than creating the world. . . . Someone said, "Does St. Philomena, then, obey the Cure of Ars?" Indeed, she may well obey him, since God obeys him.

If I were to meet a priest and an angel, I should salute the priest before I saluted the angel. The latter is the friend of God; but the priest holds His place. St. Teresa kissed the ground where a priest had passed. When you see a priest, you should say, "There is he who made me a child of God, and opened Heaven to me by holy Baptism; he who purified me after I had sinned; who gives nourishment to my soul. " At the sight of a church tower, you may say, "What is there in that place?" "The Body of Our Lord. " "Why is He there?" "Because a priest has been there, and has said holy Mass. "

What joy did the Apostles feel after the Resurrection of Our Lord, at seeing the Master whom they had loved so much! The priest must feel the same joy, at seeing Our Lord whom he holds in his hands. Great value is attached to objects which have been laid in the drinking cup of the Blessed Virgin and of the Child Jesus, at Loretto. But the fingers of the priest, that have touched the adorable Flesh of Jesus Christ, that have been plunged into the chalice which contained His Blood, into the pyx where His Body has lain, are they not still more precious? The priesthood is the love of the Heart of Jesus. When you see the priest, think of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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1 posted on 08/04/2003 1:16:01 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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2 posted on 08/04/2003 1:17:45 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (Bush,Cheney,Rumsfeld,Rice 2004)
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To: Lady In Blue
St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests BUMP!

I actually posted another article from Our Lady of the Rosary Library's website about Our Lady of Akita, and it got an interesting response.

3 posted on 08/04/2003 1:59:48 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (+ Vive Jesus! (Live Jesus!) +)
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Thanks for the bump! Is the title of your thread:
"Our Lady Of Akita"? I'd like to go back and read it.When did you post it? Thanks.
4 posted on 08/04/2003 7:53:33 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (Bush,Cheney,Rumsfeld,Rice 2004)
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Here's the link: August 3 - The Second Message of Our Lady of Akita (A Warning).
(Warning: this has been deemed "controversial," due to its "deragatory comment towards Vatican II," and because the site also has another article that has been described as "near-sedevacantism" (nonsense, IMO, since none of these articles said that the current Pope is a false one)
5 posted on 08/04/2003 8:07:26 PM PDT by Pyro7480 (+ Vive Jesus! (Live Jesus!) +)
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Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.
6 posted on 08/04/2003 8:35:13 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (Bush,Cheney,Rumsfeld,Rice 2004)
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7 posted on 08/05/2003 6:25:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway (I)
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Thank you!
8 posted on 08/05/2003 9:42:04 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (Bush,Cheney,Rumsfeld,Rice 2004)
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BTTT on August 4, 2004!

9 posted on 08/04/2004 7:02:10 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Saint of the Day Ping!

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Saint of the Day Ping List.

10 posted on 08/04/2004 7:06:17 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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One of my favorite saints bump.

St. John Vianney, pray for us.

11 posted on 08/04/2004 7:36:26 AM PDT by Cap'n Crunch
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To: Lady In Blue
My parish, St John Vianney in South Burlington, Vermont.

12 posted on 08/04/2004 7:54:29 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Instaurare omnia in Christo)
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To: Lady In Blue

Ah, St. John Vianney! Wonderful! I recently got two of his works re-published by The Neumann Press, one on his meditations on the Eucharist, and another on his sermons. What little I've read of him, he is superb!

13 posted on 08/04/2004 8:16:25 AM PDT by Convert from ECUSA (tired of shucking and jiving)
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Thank you, Lady in Blue!

14 posted on 08/04/2004 9:51:57 AM PDT by Askel5 († Cooperatio voluntaria ad suicidium est legi morali contraria. †)
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15 posted on 08/04/2004 1:41:18 PM PDT by hummingbird ("If it wasn't for the insomnia, I could have gotten some sleep!")
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BTTT on August 4, 2005, Memorial of St. John Mary Vianney!

16 posted on 08/04/2005 9:34:40 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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American Catholic’s Saint of the Day

August 4, 2005
St. John Vianney

A man with vision overcomes obstacles and performs deeds that seem impossible. John Vianney was a man with vision: He wanted to become a priest. But he had to overcome his meager formal schooling, which inadequately prepared him for seminary studies.

His failure to comprehend Latin lectures forced him to discontinue. But his vision of being a priest urged him to seek private tutoring. After a lengthy battle with the books, John was ordained.

Situations calling for “impossible” deeds followed him everywhere. As pastor of the parish at Ars, John encountered people who were indifferent and quite comfortable with their style of living. His vision led him through severe fasts and short nights of sleep. (Some devils can only be cast out by prayer and fasting.)

With Catherine Lassagne and Benedicta Lardet, he established La Providence, a home for girls. Only a man of vision could have such trust that God would provide for the spiritual and material needs of all those who came to make La Providence their home.

His work as a confessor is John Vianney’s most remarkable accomplishment. In the winter months he was to spend 11 to 12 hours daily reconciling people with God. In the summer months this time was increased to 16 hours. Unless a man was dedicated to his vision of a priestly vocation, he could not have endured this giving of self day after day.

Many people look forward to retirement and taking it easy, doing the things they always wanted to do but never had the time. But John Vianney had no thoughts of retirement. As his fame spread, more hours were consumed in serving God’s people. Even the few hours he would allow himself for sleep were disturbed frequently by the devil.

Who, but a man with vision, could keep going with ever-increasing strength?


Indifference toward religion, coupled with a love for material comfort, seem to be common signs of our times. A person from another planet observing us would not likely judge us to be pilgrim people, on our way to somewhere else. John Vianney, on the other hand, was a man on a journey with his goal before him at all times.


Recommending liturgical prayer, John Vianney would say, “Private prayer is like straw scattered here and there: If you set it on fire it makes a lot of little flames. But gather these straws into a bundle and light them, and you get a mighty fire, rising like a column into the sky; public prayer is like that.”

17 posted on 08/04/2005 11:10:36 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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BTTT on the Memorial of St. John Mary Vianney, August 4, 2006!

18 posted on 08/04/2006 8:42:20 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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BTTT on the Memorial of St. John Mary Vianney, August 4, 2007!

19 posted on 08/04/2007 8:57:35 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue
St. John Mary Vianney, priest

Saint John Mary Vianney, Priest
Cure of Ars
August 4th

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(1786-1859) Born new Lyons, France, he was ordained in 1815 in Grenoble, and in 1818 was assigned to the parish of Ars, where he spent the rest of his life. He was best known for his steadfast care of souls, for his spirit of prayer and mortification and, above all, for his tireless dedication to the Sacrament of Penance. He spent most of his life in the confessional, drawing energy from his intimate and constant friendship with our Lord in the Eucharist. Pius XI declared him Patron of Parish Priest.

Source: Daily Roman Missal, Edited by Rev. James Socías, Midwest Theological Forum, Chicago, Illinois ©2003

Father of mercy,
you made St. John Vianney outstanding
in his priestly zeal and concern for your people.
By his example and prayers,
enable us to win our brothers and sisters
to the love of Christ
and come with them to eternal glory.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

First Reading:Ezekiel 3:17-21
At the end of seven days, the word of the Lord came to me: "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, you shall give them warning from Me. If I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you will have saved your life. Again, if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning; and you will have saved your life."

Gospel Reading:Matthew 9:35-10:1
Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity. When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."

And He called to Him His twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every infirmity.

St. John Vianney Prayer

"O my God, come to me, so that You may dwell in me and I may dwell in you."

20 posted on 08/04/2008 8:52:00 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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