St. John Vianney, Cure d'Ars and Patron of Priests says: “Praise be to Jesus.”
“I have come once again to address all Bishops. My brothers in Christ, to you has been given the yoke of leadership. Draw your flock under the wing of righteousness. Do not seek to be popular first or to gain money above all else. Your flock will increase if you teach sound doctrine. You will have sufficient funds if you trust first and foremost in God's Provision. You must stand for the Truth and oppose compromise and confusion.”
“These days, people long for structure, although they do not realize it. You, dear brothers, are in a position to give guidelines and principles which have been long-standing and Church approved. Do not try to redefine sin or Church doctrine to suit the people. Rather, try to recommit hearts which are compromised to the Truth.”
“People look to you for sound leadership. Unfortunately, this trust in title and authority is not always warranted. Jesus placed you in the position you're in to bring conformity to the Truths of the Faith. Are you leading in this way or not?”
Read 1 Peter 5:2-4+
Synopsis: Encouragement to shepherds of the Church (priests and bishops) to tend their flocks in the pattern of the Chief Shepherd (Jesus) – not dominating over others by constraint of obedience or for self-gain but by being examples of servanthood.
Tend the flock of God that is your charge, not by constraint but willingly, not for shameful gain but eagerly, not as domineering over those in your charge but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd is manifested you will obtain the unfading crown of glory.
+-Scripture verses asked to be read by St. John Vianney.
-Scripture taken from the Ignatius Bible.
-Synopsis of Scripture provided by Spiritual Advisor.