San Juan María Vianney – The Curé
The 4 August the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint John Vianney. Juan María Vianney, born in 1786 in Dardilly, a village near the French city of Lyon. It was the fourth of eight children belonging to a modest peasant family. Since childhood he worked in the fields, so did not have a deep schooling.
In his teens he began to feel the vocation of the priesthood, so it was the people of Ecully to be trained hands of the Father Balley. His teachers soon noticed that, despite having good intentions, He had no memory or aptitude for study. After many academic difficulties the 13 August of 1815 He was ordained. Later, after the death of his benefactor, Father Balley, He was sent as chaplain to the people of Ars, had barely 300 inhabitants approximately. Gradually people began to approach the church. Many of them were amazed by the simplicity of the sermons of Father Vianney and coherence of Christian life. The greatest ministry of the Holy Cure of Ars was the administration of the sacrament of Penance. He came to pass 12 daily hours in the confessional. Conversions could, according to the grace of God, They were impressive. It was clear and simple advice and received mercy to repentant sinners. He was often tempted and assailed by the devil, but the Holy priest could resist, por la fe en Dios, and continued with the care of souls until his death in 1859.
San Juan María Vianney, still a village priest, He was proclaimed patron of all priests in the world. Especially, Parsons. St. Juan María Vianney teaches us that mercy and zeal for the good of souls are the best weapons that a priest can count. More than academic scholarship and eloquence of the pulpit.
He canonized by Pope Pío XI 31 may of 1925, who three years later, in 1928, He named Patron of Parish Priests. Pope Benedicto XVI proclaimed St. Juan María Vianney “Patron of all priests in the world” the 19 of June of 2009. Incorrupt body is preserved in the Basilica of Ars.