August 4 – Saint John Vianney

Saint John Vianney

listenBlessed Savior, Saint John Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests with a special concern for men who enter the priesthood late in life.  He himself had a delayed vocation, and he managed to get through seminary only with great difficulty.  I ask him to intercede for all the men who have been called to the priesthood and have not yet responded.  Whatever their obstacles are, dear Jesus, remove them.  Prepare their hearts and minds so that when they do become priests, they are witnesses of piety, prayerfulness, sacrifices, and penances, thus leading their flocks to greater holiness.  Saint John Vianney, pray for us.  Amen.

Quotes for Today

Saint John Vianney (1786-1859)

quoteGod speaks to us, without ceasing, by His good inspirations He sends us good thoughts, good desires. In youth, in old age, in all the misfortunes of life, He exhorts us to receive His grace, and what use do we make of His warnings? At this moment, even, are we cooperating rightly with grace?”

quoteIf only you could have the happiness of being able to say in the evening that your whole day has been spent for God!”

quoteIf something uncharitable is said in your presence, either speak in favor of the absent or withdraw, or if possible, stop the conversation.”


The prayer above is from Terry Modica’s book Daily Prayers with the Saints.

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