St. John Vianney had great difficulty completing the studies for priesthood, but he was a humble man and persevered.
He continued studying and reflecting on the Faith his entire life, and partly because of that, his reputation as a confessor and pastor of souls made him known by Christians throughout the world. People traveled from around the world to his little parish in the French countryside to see him, and he was known to spend 16 hours a day hearing confessions. Below are some quotes from his writings to meditate on:
~ Prayer is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself.
~ We are each of us like a small mirror in which God searches for His reflection.
~ Remain humble, remain simple. The more you are so, the more good you will do.
~ All the good works in the world are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because they are the works of men; but the Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison for it is but the sacrifice of man to God; but the Mass is the sacrifice of God for man.
~ In your work, offer your difficulties and troubles quite simply to God…and you will find that His blessing will rest upon you and on all you do.
~ 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.
The incorrupt heart of Saint John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests will visit Saint Mary Church in Greenwich from Tuesday, May 3rd to Thursday, May 5th.
St. John Vianney is the patron of parish priests. On Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:30pm Bishop Caggiano will celebrate a mass for an increase in vocations. Please join me, if you can, at this very special mass. If you can’t make the mass, please offer 3 Hail Marys during this time to join with us in prayer. There are many other opportunities to venerate this amazing relic ~ please see schedule on next page. You will also notice that there are times for confession as well.
Please consider taking the opportunity to go to confession and venerate the relic.