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Saint John Vianney on prayer

September 16, 2019


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St. John Vianney (1786-1859) is the patron saint of priests.  He worked tirelessly for over 40 years and helped radically transform his small village and surroundings.  He became known internationally, and his funeral was attended by 300 priests and 6,000 people.  More on his remarkable life: http://www.americancatholic.org/Messenger/Mar2003/Feature3.asp#F6 

Some famous quotes:
“The soul should move toward prayer the way a fish should move toward water; they are both a purely natural state.”
“Private prayer is like straw scattered here and there; if you set it on fire it makes a lot of little flames.  But gather these straws into a bundle and light them, and you get a mighty fire, rising like a column into the sky; public prayer is like that.”
“My children, it is in loving the cross that we find true peace, not running from it.”
“There is no better way to experience the good God than to find him in the perfect sacrifice of the Mass.”
“This is the glorious duty of man:  to pray and to love.  If you pray and love, that is where a man’s happiness lies.”
S. John Vianney, pray for our priests, our bishops, and for us.