Friday, August 04, 2006

St. John Mary Vianney

Today we celebrate an AMAZING saint, St. John Mary Vianney, Cure of Ars. At mass this morning the priest said that if all priests were like St. John Vianney the entire world would be Catholic...I don't doubt it.

He spent hours in the confessional (sometimes up to 18 hours in one day). He would fast, pray, do all kinds of penance for his people. I highly recommend reading some of his writings. The one on the Mass is quite excellent.

"If someone said to us, 'At such an hour a dead person is to be raised to life, ' we should run very quickly to see it. But is not the Consecration, which changes bread and wine into the Body and Blood of God, a much greater miracle than to raise a dead person to life?"

-St. John Vianney


Blogger Brad said...

Another quote by the saint to a priest who was complaining about the lack of devotion in his parishioners:

"You have preached, you have prayed, but have you fasted? Have you taken the discipline? Have you slept on the floor? So long as you have done none of these things, you have no right to complain."

Pretty intense.

9:23 PM  

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