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Praying for priests as an act of Mercy

Fr Ignacio Ortigas giving a blessing.JPGO my Jesus, I beg you on behalf of the whole Church:
Grant it love and the light of the your Spirit, and give power to the words of
priests so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to
you, O Lord.

Lord, give us holy priests; you yourself maintain them in
holiness. O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of your mercy
accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil’s traps and snares
which are continually being set for the souls of priests. May the power
of your mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the
sanctity of priests, for you can do all things. Amen.

Saint John Vianney, pray for our priests.

Saint John-Baptist-Mary Vianney hymn

St John-Mary Vianney2.jpgSing the God of awesome wisdom
Who has chosen for his own
Those of ev’ry age and nation
To hold fast to God alone
Through all changing styles and customs,
Hearts that only Christ enthrone.

In a faithless time of torpor,
John Vianney loved the Lord,
Preached the truth with ceaseless fervor,
Led his flock by deed and word,
And by his example fearless
Caused our God to be adored.

Lovingly he coaxed the sinner
To submit to Jesus’ way;
In humility and patience
To his Lord he knelt to pray
And, obedient to his calling,
Lived his teaching ev’ry day.

To the Trinity give glory,
Father, Son, and Paraclete:
Those on earth with those in heaven
Joining in one anthem sweet:
As the saints on earth gave witness,
Let us each our course complete!

87 87 87
James Michael Thompson (c) 2009, World Library Publications

Saint John-Baptist-Mary Vianney

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“O my God, come to me, so that You may dwell in me and I may
dwell in you.”

Father of mercy, you made Saint John Vianney outstanding in his
priestly zeal and concern for your people. By his example and prayers, enable
us to win our brothers and sisters to the love of Christ and come with them to
eternal glory.

Pope Benedict’s letter proclaiming the Year of the Priest for the 150th year of Saint John Vianney’s death

A Litany in Honor of Saint John Vianney

A brief biography of Vianney

Mass as joy and comfort…Christ’s Presence is what we need to be mindful of

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.

Saint John Mary Vianney in print & stage

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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.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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