Monday, July 27, 2009

Novena to St. John Vianney, the Curé of Ars

Today the faithful begin a novena to St. John Vianney, or the Curé of Ars as he is also known.

This extraordinarily holy saint was gifted with the charism of reading souls, and it was not unusual for him to spend 13-16 hours each day in the confessional. It is reported that he gave so much of himself serving the Lord that he only slept 2 hours a night. Many cures were attributed to his intercession, and he was frequently attacked by the devil. In one such attack, it was revealed to him that if there were three men as holy as he on Earth, Satan's kingdom would be broken.

St. John Vianney is the patron saint of priests and it is wonderful to be able to ask for his powerful intercession during this, the Year of the Priest . Please consider adding a special priest to your intentions for this novena.

Novena to St. John Vianney, the Curé of Ars


Saint John Marie Baptist Vianney you were born of a deeply religious mother; from her you received the Holy Faith; you learned to love God and to pray. At a young age, you were seen kneeling in the front of the statue of Mary. Your soul was supernaturally carried towards the things on High. Despite the high cost, you answered your vocation!

Against many obstacles and contradictions, you had to fight and suffer to become the perfect priest which you were. But your deep spirit of faith supported you in all these battles. 0 Great Saint you know the desire of my soul; I would like to serve God better; from Him I have received so many good things. For this, obtain for me more courage and especially the depth of faith.

Many of my thoughts, words, and actions are useless for my sanctification and for my salvation, because this supernatural spirit does not stir up my life. Help me to be better in the future.

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

1 comment:

  1. I can always count on you to keep me up to date on the church calendar! God Bless you!!