Saint of the day 4th August 2022, we celebrate Saint John Mary Vianney
SAINT OF THE DAY
St. John Vianney
St.John Vianney, Priest (Patron of priests) Feast day- August 4 Universally known as the “Cure of Ars”. John Mary Vianney was born in Lyons, France, in 1786. As a child he took care of his father’s sheep. He loved to pray but he also loved to play horseshoes. When John was eighteen, he asked his father’s permission to become a priest. His father was worried because John had become a big help on the family farm. After two years, Mr. Vianney agreed.
St. John Mary Vianney was ordained a priest in 1815. Three years later he was made parish priest of Ars, a remote French hamlet, where his reputation as a confessor and director of souls made him known throughout the Christian world. His life was one of extreme mortification.
Accustomed to the most severe austerities, beleaguered by swarms of penitents, and besieged by the devil, this great mystic manifested a imperturbable patience. He was a wonder worker loved by the crowds, but he retained a child like simplicity, and he remains to this day the living image of the priest after the heart of Christ.
He heard confessions of people from all over the world for the sixteen hours each day. His life was filled with works of charity and love. It is recorded that even the staunchest of sinners were converted at his mere word. He died August 4, 1859, and was canonized May 31, 1925.