Saturday, August 4, 2012

St. John Mary Vianney

Today is the Memorial of St. John Vianney, AKA Cure of Ars, a french priest, who became known for his saintly life and preserving the ministry of confession. He was also devoted to Our Lady and St. Philomena.

He regularly spent 14 - 18 hours in the confessional, going two or even three days without eating. He had the gift of reading people's souls, leading even Bishops and other clergy to hear his advice. Many miracles also occurred with these confessions, to whom he attributed to St. Philomena. By 1855, he was hearing as many as 20,000 confessions a year. He also had experiences with Satan himself, who burned his bed.

He died on August 4, 1859, at the age of 73

The incorrupt body of St. John Vianney.

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