June 9, 2010
St. John Vianney, Cure d'Ars and Patron of Priests

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

“My brothers and sisters, as the Year of the Priesthood draws to a close, I have come to offer this parting advice to all priests:”

“My brothers, be simple and holy. Do not forsake any part of your duty to the truth. Be loving shepherds – not quick to condemn the actions of the Holy Spirit within your flock, but always willing to carefully consider and listen. Encourage prayer and frequent confession. Encourage devotion to the Holy Eucharist. All of these bring about unity.”

“Where there is disunity, there is Satan. Do not discount Satan's efforts to snatch souls away from salvation, for every soul is vulnerable.”

“Encourage Holy Love, for Holy Love is the fulfillment of the law and the scale upon which each soul is weighed.”

“Trust in God's Providing Will, and do not allow worry or avarice to consume your heart.”

“If you follow my instructions to you today, you will see God's grace take hold in your life. I am blessing you.”