August 4: ST. JOHN MARIA VIANNEY, Patron Saint of Parish Priests


August 4-St. John Maria Vianney

Patron of Parish Priests

“Saint Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney [the Curè d’Ars], was born on May 8, 1786 near Lyons, France.

Nearly refused admittance into the seminary due to ‘his ignorance,’ then denied ordination for failing the exam, a good bishop finally recognized the sanctity of our simple Saint. ‘He has devotion to Our Lady? He knows how to say the Rosary? He is a model of piety? Very well then! I summon him to come up for ordination! The grace of God will do the rest.’ And the ‘rest’ is history! Denied the faculties of hearing Confessions until later, this magnificent Saint was to spend three-fourths of his life in the Confessional, with lines up to 8 days long waiting to confess to him and to hear him preach.

How did this ‘ignorant’ priest gain the distinguished title, ‘Patron of Parish Priests?’ How did he gain wisdom equal to that of the Church Fathers? It was not admidst books in libraries, but on his knees, in prayer . . . He sought wisdom nowhere else but in Jesus Christ, in His death and in His Cross.

Let us pray to the Curè d’Ars, that he obtain for us holy priests!”

Yes, dear friends, let us ask God through the intercession of Our Lady, Mother of Priests and St. John Maria Vianney, for the holiness, spirit of prayer, penance and mortification, fidelity and apostolic zeal of all the priests in the world,
especially those who are in most need, so that all may have the same dispositions as the Curè d’Ars when he prayed:

“I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life.

I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You.

I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally…

My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.”

-Fr. Rolly Arjonillo, priest of Opus Dei. CATHOLICS STRIVING FOR HOLINESS. We are also in Facebook: Hope you like our page and invite your friends as well to do so in order to help more people.

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