Saint John Vianney Minibook
Title: Saint John Vianney
Authors: Bob and Penny Lord
Publisher: Journeys of Faith
Format: Printed minibook
Saint John Vianney, Curé of Ars
Patron Saint of Parish Priests
When something meaningful has happened in our lives, we can recall where we were, who we were with, and what was going on at that time.
One of those times was April 14, 1967, when God sent us an angel, a blonde, blue-eyed baby weighing barely five pounds. Our grandson was almost swallowed up in his blanket; he was so tiny. We couldn’t keep our eyes off this precious bundle. Suddenly, the nurses seemed to be having a problem with him. Seeing us, they quickly drew the curtains shut. The doctor finally came out from the nursery; he told us, our baby wouldn’t last the night. Numb, we replied helplessly, “You mean he is in the Hands of God.” He looked at us, kind of strangely.
We ran to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It was locked! The last thing we remember doing that night, was going to our parish church, out on Long Island. It was locked! It was dark; all we could see was a lighted statue of Jesus in front of our church. I knelt before my Lord and begged Him to save our precious grandson.
We travel to the little hamlet of Ars in France, where we trace the life of the this Super Saint, known as a Saint of the Eucharist, and perfect confessor. Discover his church in Ars and venerate his incorrupt body; discover his confessional, the rectory he lived in, his bed the devil set afire, the Shrine to his incorrupt heart, and the altar where Our Lady appeared to him, and where he was healed through the intercession of St. Philomena. See the school and orphanage he founded. Relive with us the difficulty he had becoming a priest, and the struggle to turn the little town of Ars into a religious town, by closing down four taverns and focusing the people on the one Church. Learn about the many people who came from all over France, including royalty and princes of the Church, to have him hear their confessions and give them absolution.