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Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time & St. John Vianney, August 4,2017

Readings & Reflections: Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time & St. John Vianney, August 4,2017

John was born in 1786 A.D., in Dardilly, France, to devout peasants. A man of “average intelligence,” John passed his seminary exams with difficulty, and was ordained at the age of twenty-nine. He was ordained a diocesan priest and assigned to the tiny village of Ars, where he worked great good through his attention to the poor, moving preaching, and long hours in the confessional. “Lord, grant me the conversion of my parish; I am willing to suffer whatever you wish, for my entire life!” was his ardent prayer. With little sleep and less food, he catechized, preached, provided for the poor, and heard confessions. Up to sixteen hours a day were spent reconciling sinners to God. Pope Benedict XVI described this audacious “pastoral plan” as “the complete identification of the man with his ministry.” He died in 1859 A.D. at the age of seventy-three and is the patron of priests. “Were we realize fully what a priest is on earth, we would die – not of fright, but of love,” he taught. “Without the priest, the Passion and Death of our Lord would be of no avail…. What use filled with gold, were there no one to open its door?” read more