August 4, 2012
Feast of St. John Vianney
St. John Vianney, Cure d'Ars and Patron of Priests

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

“Priests these days need to reset their priorities. First of all, and tantamount to their vocation, is their own personal holiness. If they are not holy, how can they lead their flock along the path of holiness? Their vocation was given to them to save souls. Therefore, every priest must realize he is responsible for the salvation of every soul under his charge.”

“The priest must not ignore his own personal prayer and sacrificial life. If he is committed to prayer and penance, he will be given Holy Wisdom to lead others.”

“He will then minister the sacraments accordingly – using them as the powerful spiritual weapons that they are. He will be better able to instruct the faithful and guide them according to the laws of Holy Love.”