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ST. JOHN VIANNEY

Pope Benedict XVI, Shepherd of Truth

Notable quotations from Pope Benedict XVI and official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church

Pope Benedict XVI

FOLLOWING THE GOOD SHEPHERD

...In his pastoral service, as simple as it was extraordinarily fertile, this unknown parish priest ... was so successful in identifying with his ministry that he became, even in a visibly and universally recognizable manner, an alter Christus, an image of the Good Shepherd Who ... lays down His life for His sheep. After the example of the Good Shepherd, he gave his life in the decades of his priestly service.

"A VERY SPECIAL EFFECTIVENESS"

His existence was a living catechesis that acquired a very special effectiveness when people saw him celebrating Mass, pausing before the tabernacle in adoration or spending hour after hour in the confessional.

JESUS AT THE CENTER

... The center of his entire life was the Eucharist, which he celebrated and adored with devotion and respect.

"DILIGENT MINISTRY"

Another fundamental characteristic of this extraordinary priestly figure was his diligent ministry of confession... St. John Mary Vianney ... distinguished himself as an excellent, tireless confessor and spiritual director.

"THE BEAUTY OF THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE"

He did his utmost with preaching and persuasive advance to help his parishioners rediscover the meaning and beauty of the sacrament of Penance, presenting it as an inherent demand of the Eucharistic presence.

"HUMBLE FAITHFULNESS"

...What makes the Cure of Ars holy was his humble faithfulness to the mission to which God had called him; it was his constant abandonment, full of trust, to the hands of divine Providence... He won over even the most refractory souls by communicating to them what he himself lived deeply, namely, his friendship with Christ.

"TRUE SECRET"

He was "in love" with Christ and the true secret of his pastoral success was the fervor of his love for the Eucharistic Mystery, celebrated and lived, which became love for Christ's flock, for Christians and for all who were seeking God.

PRAY FOR HOLY PRIESTS

Let us pray that through the intercession of St. John Mary Vianney, God will give holy priests to His Church and will increase in the faithful the desire to sustain and help them in their ministry.

(Source: General Audience, August 5, 2009)

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