August 4, 2014
Feast of St. John Vianney
St. John Vianney, Cure d'Ars and Patron of Priests

St. John Vianney, the Cure d' Ars says: “Praise be to Jesus.”

“These days a great percentage of priests do not appreciate their duty in shaping their flock into holiness and developing in each soul a deep spirituality. Instead, they have allowed themselves to be formed in secularism – weakening their flock and themselves in a distorted attempt to ‘fit in' with society.”

“The call to the priesthood is a call to an ever-deepening spirituality. Within this call is the necessity to be detached from the world. The focus of the holy priesthood is bringing the sacraments to the people and instructing the people on personal holiness through a sacramental life.”

“Priests are not called to be social directors or fundraisers or even to be popular. There should be no love of money or ambitious designs in their hearts.”

“Jesus uses the holy priests to save many souls. Priests must learn to examine their conscience each night just like everyone else. They must root out pride and live only to serve others. This unselfish service is the hallmark of a holy priest.”

Read 1 Peter 2: 4-5

Come to Him, to that living stone, rejected by men but in God's sight chosen and precious; and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.