- Tuesday, 23 June 2009 14:03
The Lord called Father H. Tim Vakoc, US Army Major, to himself on June 20th.
Father Tim was a priest of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and some have said that he was the first US priest killed as a part of the war. He was 17 years ordained a priest, living the last 5 years of his priestly witness recovering from injuries sustained in Iraq. Those injuries were suffered on his 12th anniversary of ordination. Among Father’s awards he was a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Let us pray in thanksgiving for Father Vokac
, for the his family, friends, caregivers and the US Army.
Well done good and faithful servant.
- Saturday, 20 June 2009 08:45
In his 1986 Holy Thursday Letter to Priests, Pope John Paul II wrote:
The Mass was for John Mary Vianney the great joy and comfort of his priestly life. He took great care, despite the crowds of penitents, to spend more than a quarter of an hour in silent preparation. He celebrated with recollection, clearly expressing his adoration at the consecration and communion. He accurately remarked: “The cause of priestly laxity is not paying attention to the Mass!”
The Curé of Ars was particularly mindful of the permanence of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist. It was generally before the tabernacle that he spent long hours in adoration, before daybreak or in the evening; it was towards the tabernacle that he often turned during his homilies, saying with emotion: “He is there!”
It was also for this reason that he, so poor in his presbytery, did not hesitate to spend large sums on embellishing his church. The appreciable result was that his parishioners quickly took up the habit of coming to pray before the Blessed Sacrament, discovering, through the attitude of their pastor, the grandeur of the mystery of faith.
Dear brother priests, the example of the Curé of Ars invites us to a serious examination of conscience: what place do we give to the Mass in our daily lives? Is it, as on the day of our Ordination — it was our first act as priests! — the principle of our apostolic work and personal sanctification? What care do we take in preparing for it? And in celebrating it? In prayng before the Blessed Sacrament? In encouraging our faithful people to do the same? In making our churches the House of God to which the divine presence attracts the people of our time who too often have the impression of a a world empty of God.
- Friday, 19 June 2009 11:30
Here is a select list of works by or about John Mary Vianney, the Curé (the parish priest). This list is especially helpful to have at one’s finger tips since the Holy Father has called for the coming year to honor the sainted parish priest of Ars, France, who died 150 years ago on August 4. This year focuses our spiritual work on the idea (hope) of “spiritual perfection.” The forthcoming Year of the Priest is a fitting opportunity to respond to the Pope’s call to renew the priesthood of Jesus Christ. The hope is that this dedicated year will focus our attention on the centrality of Christ which absolutely sets the stage for everything in the Church, priest and lay person alike.
St. John Mary Vianney, Thought of the Curé D’Ars.
St. John Mary Vianney, Sermons of the Curé of Ars.
St. John Mary Vianney, The Little Catechism of the Curé of Ars.
-Milton Lomask, The Curé of Ars: The Priest Who Out-Talked the Devil.
-George W. Rtuler, The Curé D’Ars Today: St John Vianney.
-Francois Trochu, The Curé D’Ars: St Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney.
-Mary F. Windeatt, The Curé of Ars: The Story of St. John Mary Vianney, Patron Saint of Parish Priests.
The award winning actor and director Leonardo Defillipis has been working on a one-man drama of Saint John Mary Vianney for a few years and providentially the Year of John Mary Vianney comes together nicely for the drama. His stage work “Vianney
” will be inaugurated on August 4.
- Thursday, 18 June 2009 20:00
On the eve of the Year of the Priest, you can see various celebrations recognizing the witness of priestly service in dioceses, religious orders and abbeys. The Benedictine monks of Saint Mary’s Abbey (Morristown, NJ) recently celebrated the 50th anniversaries of two monks. In the photo you see Abbot Giles Hayes with Reverend Fathers Rembert and Beatus. Both monks have served the Lord and the Church for a long and courageous time. Both Father Rembert and Father Beatus have witnessed to Jesus Christ and his mercy in a variety of ways that have touched the minds and hearts of many people. Let me say that I enjoyed Father Beatus’ preaching and his appreciation of art through history, culture and faith. Let us pray for these two monks and for all priests.
Divine Savior Jesus Christ, who has entrusted the
whole work of your redemption, the welfare, and salvation of the world to
priests as Your representatives, through the hands of your most holy Mother and
for the sanctification of your priests and candidates for the priesthood, I
offer you this present day wholly and entirely, with all its prayers, works,
joys, sacrifices, and sorrows. Give us truly holy priests who, inflamed with
the fire of Your divine love, seek nothing but Your greater glory and the
salvation of our souls. And you, Mary, good Mother of priests, protect all
priests in the dangers of their holy vocation and, with the loving hand of a
Mother, also lead back to the Good Shepherd those poor priests who have become
unfaithful to their exalted vocation and have gone astray. Amen.
composed by Dominican Father Peter John Cameron)
- Friday, 12 June 2009 14:00
A recent article on who has competence to remove priests from ministry permanently is interesting and yet depressing. But it is a matter of reality that some men ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ do not remain priests. To think since the Second Vatican Council, as some researchers and commentators have claimed, 100,000 priests have left their vocation as priests. If true, this fact is overwhelming to grasp.
One of my intentions is to pray for the priests who have left as well as though who currently serve as priests and seminarians preparing to be ordained. I am a bit selfish in mentioning the last intention since I fall in that category. Please join me in prayer in the coming year for these intentions.