Monday, August 3, 2009

St. John Vianney: An Angelic Soul in a Mortal Body

Today we reflect on the Cure's edifying presence to those around him., When we grow closer to God people sense it and draw nearer, as we all hunger on some level for Truth. The saints who submit themselves entirely to Christ are often described as physically unremarkable, even frail, yet radiate an ethereal beauty that acts as a magnet. We are all called to evangelize by word, deed and example, which is really what today's prayer is all about.

Holy Curé , please help us to follow your extraordinary example!


O Holy Priest of Ars, a witness of your life made this magnificent praise of you:'We would have taken him for an angel in a mortal body." You so edified others: the modesty and the exquisite purity radiated from your body. With such charm and with such enthusiasm you preached to others about these beautiful virtues which you said resembled the perfume of a vineyard in bloom.Please I beg you to join your entreaties to those of Mary Immaculate and Saint Philomena in order that I guard always, as God asks me, the purity of my heart. You, who have directed so many souls towards the heights of virtue, defend me in temptations and obtain for me the strength to conquer them. 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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