Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Happy feast of St John Mary Vianney

A very happy feast of St John Mary Vianney to our parish priest, Fr Nelson, to Fr Diego, our assistant, and to all the many priests who minister in our parish!

This morning some of us participated at the Day of Prayer for Priests organized by Archbishop Machado at Bishop's House, Nashik Road. The Archbishop gave a long exhortation about the priesthood, and an inspiring homily on the life of St John Mary Vianney, who has been declared Patron not only of diocesan Priests but of all priests.

It is amazing to learn that, in his 41 years of ministry, over 2 million people made the pilgrimage to the remote mountain village of Ars, to see the famous Cure' and to make their confessions to him - among them also bishops and cardinals.

As Pope Benedict says, we should not assume that our age is worse or more difficult than the age John Mary Vianney lived in. But he managed to reach the hearts of people, and so can we - following his example of prayer, humility, dedication and trust in the grace of God.

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