Communio

…bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Category: Year of Saint John Mary Vianney

The saint who disturbed the 19th century: John Mary Vianney

The life we lead is based on the influences we have. For some, like Father George Rutler, John Newman and John Vianney are two such influences. George Rutler, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York and pastor of the Church of Our Saviour (NYC) gave the Terrence Cardinal Cooke Theology Lecture tonight at Saint […]

Saint John-Baptist-Mary Vianney hymn

Sing the God of awesome wisdomWho has chosen for his ownThose of ev’ry age and nationTo hold fast to God aloneThrough 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 fearlessCaused […]

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 […]

Pope Benedict XVI’s letter to priests inaugurating the Year of the Priest

On the forthcoming Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Friday 19 June 2009 – a day traditionally devoted to prayer for the sanctification of the clergy -, I have decided to inaugurate a “Year for Priests” in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the “dies natalis” of John Mary Vianney, the patron saint […]

“Being” determines “acting”: allowing the Good Shepherd to lead us to the Father

That today is Thursday, the day of the Eucharist and the priesthood, I thought I would republish most of the recent letter of Archbishop Piacenza (Secretary for the Congregation for the Clergy) who writes to the world’s priests in view of the Year of the Priest. Reading the letter you see that he is right […]

Indulgence given for the Year of the Priest

Today, James Cardinal Stafford, the Major Apostolic Penitentiary (or visit this link) announced that during the Year for Priests, June 19, 2009 – June 19, 2010, the Pope Benedict will grant plenary indulgences to priests and the faithful. The year will begin on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, “a day of priestly sanctification,” […]