Thursday, July 30, 2009

Curé of Ars Novena : Confession

St. John Vianney possessed many spiritual gifts, though none as widely reported on as his ability to read the consciences of those who came to him for the sacrament of reconciliation. I can't decide if that makes the role of confessor easier or more difficult, for it could very easily be overwhelming to know so much about the sins of so many. However, because this knowledge was viewed through the eyes of Love, the humble Curé undoubtedly bore any burden cheerfully, thanking God for the grace of helping save souls in peril.


O Holy Priest of Ars, you knew how important was a good confession for the Christian life. It was to procure the happy fruits of millions of souls that you agreed to be in an uncomfortable confessional, which was like a prison, up to 15 to 16 hours on certain days. I will try to develop the habit of frequent confession, to prepare properly each time and to have always regret for my sins, so that the grace of final perseverance but also the sanctification of my soul will be assured. Ask this grace for me.Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for ... (mention silently your special intentions).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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