Today, August 4th, we celebrate the Feast Day of...
Who: St. John Vianney aka “Cure d’Ars” (Parish Priest of Ars)
What: a French parish priest known for his priestly and pastoral work in his parish in Ars, France, resulting in the radical spiritual transformation of the community and its surroundings. He is the Patron Saint of parish priests.
When: (1786-1859) canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1925.
Why: St. John Vianney is renowned for...
☕️His saintly life, mortification, his persevering ministry in the sacrament of confession, and his ardent devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
☕️ The radical spiritual transformation of his parish and its surroundings.
☕️Within thirty years, it is said he received up to 20,000 pilgrims each year.
☕️Worked hard to correct the religious ignorance and indifference at the time due to the devastation left by the French Revolution.
☕️“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.”
☕️“When we do something we dislike, let us say to God: ‘My God, I offer you this in honor of the moment when you died for me.’”
☕️“Do not try to please everybody. Try to please God, the Angels, and the Saints – they are your public.”
☕️“When we cannot come to church, let us turn towards the Tabernacle and make a spiritual Communion. A wall cannot separate us from God.”
☕️“Those who go often to Mass during the week, do their work very much better than those who, for want of faith, think they have no time for it.”