Tuesday, August 4, 2009

150th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney

Favourite quotes of St. John Vianney Mercy and the sacrament of forgiveness God’s mercy is like an overflowing stream. It sweeps away hearts as it passes. It is not the sinner who returns to God to ask for forgiveness, it is God who runs after the sinner and makes him return to him. The good Lord is always ready to receive us. His patience waits for us! Our errors are grains of sand beside the great mountain of God’s mercy. The good Lord, in the moment of the absolution, tosses our sins behind his back, that is, he forgets them, erases them: they will never again reappear. The Eucharist and communion There is nothing as great as the Eucharist. There he is: the one who loves us so much! Why not love him! The good Lord, wanting to give himself to us, in the sacrament of his love, has given us a great and profound longing that only he can satisfy. Holy Communion produces in the soul something like a rush of air on a fire that begins to extinguish, but where there are still many embers! Do not say that you are not worthy of it. It is true: you are not worthy it, but you need it. Prayer Prayer is nothing more than one form of union with God.. The more one prays, the more one wants to pray. You have a small heart, but prayer enlarges it and makes it capable of loving God. Man is a pauper who needs to ask everything of God. Man’s purpose is beautiful, to pray and to love... This is man’s happiness on earth. The priest The order: it is a sacrament that does not seem to regard any of you and is a sacrament that regards everyone. The priest is he who continues the work of the Redemption on earth. When you see a priest, think of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The priest is not a priest for himself, he is for you. A good pastor, a pastor according to God’s heart, is the greatest treasure that the good Lord could grant a parish, and one of the most precious gifts of his divine mercy. The Priesthood is the love of Jesus’ heart. The Virgin Mary Jesus Christ, after having given us everything he could give us, still wants to make us heirs of what he holds most precious, that is, of his Blessed Mother. The Hail Mary is a prayer that never tires. All that the Son asks of the Father is granted him. Also all that the Mother asks of the Son is conferred to her. The surest way of knowing the will of God, is to pray to our good Mother.

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