HAPPY FEAST DAY
TO ALL DIOCESAN PRIESTS!
Saint Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney was born on May 8, 1786 in the village of Dardilly in France. Known as the Curé of Ars, his memorial is today, August 4.
After serving a time in the army during the Napoleonic period he entered seminary formation to become a priest. He had a very difficult time. He struggled mightily with all of his studies and he had a particularly difficult time with Latin. Many, including his formation directors and instructors in the seminary and his own bishop, had very serious doubts that this man who did not have strong intellectual gifts, would be suitable for the priesthood. However, John Vianney persevered and finally was ordained a priest in 1815.
Vianney's bishop, acting on his estimation of this new priest as a man of few gifts, sent him to the remotest backwater village of his diocese, the village of Ars. There Fr. John Vianney spent the rest of his life except for one brief period when he tried to flee the duties and pressures of parish life and to find a quiet place where he could pray in peace and solitude. That was not in God's plan for him and he soon returned to Ars.
A man of great dedication to his call to be a priest and to serve his people, he preached in a very simple manner, had a great love of the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Mother and he had a special devotion to St. Philomena. Through his work as a confessor he brought about a spiritual renewal that touched not only the people of his parish but all of France. He regularly spent 14 to 18 hours a day in the confessional surviving on only a few hour sleep and a diet of boiled potatoes. As the word spread his extraordinary abilities as a confessor, thousands, including bishops and aristocracy made the journey to Ars in order to receive his spiritual counsel.
Thus a man who started his life as one who very few thought would ever amount to anything became, by the time of his death in 1859, the vehicle for thousands of conversions. He is, for us today, an example of how God works wonderfully through those who dedicate their lives to him and who seek to do his will. John Vianney, a humble parish priest is regarded by the Church as one of its great figures simply because he was faithful.
Jean Marie Vianney was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1925; he is the patron saint of clergy throughout the world.
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TOMORROW, AUGUST 5, THE CHURCH IN CANADA OBSERVES THE LITURGICAL MEMORIAL OF
Blessed Frédéric Janssoone
Frédéric Janssoone est né le 19 novembre 1838 à Ghyvelde, village du diocèse de Lille, en France. Son père, Pierre, et sa mère Marie-Isabelle Bollengier, étaient des chrétiens fervents et attachés aux valeurs évangéliques, qu'ils surent transmettre fidèlement à leurs nombreux enfants.
Son pays d’élection
Son pays d’adoption
Ce serviteur de Dieu mourut à Montréal, le 4 août 1916, à l'âge de 77 ans. Son corps fut transporté à Trois-Rivières et enseveli dans la chapelle Saint-Antoine (crypte de la chapelle des Franciscains). Il a été béatifié par le Pape Jean-Paul II le 25 septembre 1988.
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Since the Jesuit Province Congress ended on Sunday, I have been enjoying a few days off in the company of family (we went to Balm Beach [above and below] after the Jubilee Mass on Sunday) and Jesuits friends, first at the Martyrs Shrine and today with a visit to Camp Ekon, near Rosseau.
In between, my friend Father Jim Conn, SJ and I have spent some time at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Huntsville and with my sister Marion and her husband John at Lake of Bays.
Some photos from the past few days, including a visit to the Morneaus at Thunder Beach, to Sainte Marie among the Hurons and in Huntsville:
|Clara and Paul enjoy hotdogs and fries after the beach|
|The adults settle for hamburgers and a cold one...|
|Fr. Jim, Helen and Frank|
|Sainte Marie helps us celebrate our 400 years|
|Father Jim with new-found friends|
|A rainy day is a great day for the Family Restaurant in Huntsville (Fr. Jim with my sister Marion)|