May 22, 2009
St. John Vianney, Cure d'Ars and Patron of Priests

St. John Vianney says: “Praise be to Jesus.”

“I have come to help you understand the significance of this novena I just dictated to you. Encapsulated within these words is the directive to becoming a good priest. Such a priest places his own personal holiness and the holiness of his flock first. This is the embrace of Holy Love. The priest cannot do this with sincerity and still enjoy the roles of social director, financial director or embrace liberalism. Everything else becomes secondary, even miniscule, to his own journey in holiness and the holiness of all those in his charge.”

“When Jesus looks into the heart of a priest, this is what He searches out. How many priests today live in such simplicity?”