Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

St. John Vianney- Another Saint That Doesn't Stink!

Today the Church remembers St. John Vianney (1786-1859) known as the "Cure of Ars." (Cure means priest) St. John was known for his work in the small town of Ars, France. When he first came to Ars, the town was indifferent and cold to their faith but his fasting, prayer and powerful preaching lead to many conversions. He was known to spend up to 16 hours a day reconciling people to their God through the sacrament of confession. He slept about two hours per night to minister to the 300 people per day who made their way to Ars. He was known to be able to read souls in the confessional and could predict future events. He lived a life of extreme mortification to further the kingdom of God. He died in 1859 and was canonized in 1925. Many miracles were attributed to his intercession in his life as well as after his death. He is also an incorruptible. ( He doesn't stinketh)

He has become the model and patron saint of the priesthood. Would that parishes everywhere experience revival, as they did in Ars, so that the line to the confessionals becomes longer than the communion line!

Quotes from St. John:
“The soul should move toward prayer the way a fish should move toward water; they are both a purely natural state.”

“My children, it is in loving the cross that we find true peace, not running from it.”

“There is no better way to experience the good God than to find him in the perfect sacrifice of the Mass.”

St. John Vianney, we ask you to intercede to Jesus for our parish priests today. You understand the hardship and loneliness of priests as they minister to a congregations that may not share their enthusiasm. Pray for our priests that they stay close to the heart of Jesus and ask the Lord to give them special grace and strength to live out their calling.


Blogger Joyful Catholics said...

Just beautiful. There's a carved wood statue of St. John Vianney at Boys Town's Dowd Chapel, where I go quite often to Mass. In fact, I'm going there soon for Mass with our dear Mgr. Dunne. He usually has the 11:40 Mass on Saturdays. If you ever have the opportunity to hear Msgr. Dunne celebrate the Mass, don't miss it. It is so powerful and so anointed. He's got such a deep devotion to Our Lord's Eucharist and Our Lady. He can't help but tear up and almost sobs the consecration of the Host, he is so caught up in the Holy splendor it each Mass at that moment.

Yes, we surely do want to ask St. John's prayers and most powerful intercession for our parish priests. As you can read on my most recent post, our parish priests, (especially many from the 70's who may be retired,or near retirement now) are ever in need of prayer as they are today, and also the young seminarians discerning their call.

Thanks, TJ


August 04, 2007 11:27 AM  
Blogger Matthew Kelley said...

Thanks for another quality post, i love reading your site

August 04, 2007 11:32 AM  
Blogger Athanasius contra mundo said...

Another saint that doesn't stink Love the title, definitely catches the attention.
St John Vianney is definitely one of the best role models for priests and seminarians.

August 04, 2007 2:08 PM  
Blogger Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Didn't know he was an incorruptible...great Saint...

August 04, 2007 3:38 PM  
Blogger tara said...

St. Vianney is one of my favorites, and I like the award Father Erik gave you on his blog--He doesn't stink--very good!

"Part of his popularity as a confessor was his personal connection to all who went to him. It is clear that John Vianney saw the sacrament as integral to true conversion and one of the most powerful roads to reconciliation with God."

I'm going to confession as soon as I'n done typing this--I always go on first Saturday. But this is cool to go on the feast of St. Vianney--I'm not so sure it would be a good thing if Father Erik could read my soul--but then again it would be a good thing.

Good Post!

August 04, 2007 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just discovered your blog via "Orthometer". It is delightful. Welcome back to Holy Mother Church!

Given your profession, you are in a great place to teach others the sacredness of human life and model respect for our fellow men and woman at the end of life. With humor and intelligence may you bring all in your sphere of contact to a greater love and appreciation of life from conception through natural death.

Love you.

August 05, 2007 11:34 AM  

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