SAINT JOHN VIANNEY
(THE CURÉ OF ARS)
FEAST DAY: AUGUST 4TH
Saint John Vianney is the patron of parish priests. Born at Dardilly, France, on May 8th, 1786. His father raised sheep. He studied for the priesthood at the age of twenty, but was drafted into the army while he was studying. He left the army and went to the Lyons seminary in 1813. Primarily because of his notable holiness he was ordained a priest, but he lacked in his knowledge of religious studies. He was assigned to a church at Ecully. In 1818, he became the pastor of the Catholic Church in Ars, France. At his parish in Ars he used the Confessional as a primary means of converting souls, spending 16 to 18 hours a day hearing confessions and absolving sinners all year around including in the very, hot summers without air conditioning and in the cold winters with insufficient heat. He fasted constantly, eating small morsels of rotten potatoes for his sustenance. Ten of thousands of souls were converted to Christ through his heroic efforts. Because he was converting so many souls, the demons were constantly attacking him, and on one occasion they set his bed on fire. He received spiritual gifts from God, including the discernment of souls and visions. He promoted devotion to Saint Philomena, a saint who was martyred for Jesus at the age of thirteen by the Roman government. He was canonized in 1925.
INTERCESSORY PRAYER: Ask Saint John Vianney to give us the grace to go to confession often during our life on this earth so that our love for Jesus will be very pure.
SERMONS OF SAINT JOHN VIANNEY
EXCERPTS ON THE LIFE OF SAINT JOHN MARIE VIANNEY FROM THE BOOK: THE CURÉ D'ARS, by Abbé Francis Trochu: (.PDF Files open slowly with Dial_up modems users)
1) SAINT JOHN VIANNEY AND HIS BOUTS WITH THE DEVIL
2) SAINT JOHN VIANNEY AND SAINT PHILOMENA
3) SAINT JOHN VIANNEY AND THE CONFESSIONAL
LITANY PRAYER TO SAINT JOHN MARIE VIANNEY
FEAST DAY: AUGUST 11TH
In the Catacomb of Saint Priscilla in Rome excavotors on May 25th, 1802 found a shelf tomb sealed with slabs in a way that resembled tombs for martyrs. The tomb had three tiles marked with these words: LUMENA / PAXTE /CUMFI. The words were apparently out of order and if you place the first inscripted tile last, the inscription would read: PAX TECUM, FILUMENA, which means "Peace be with you, Philomena." The tiles also had the symbols of a lily, arrows, and anchor and a lance, which would indicated virginity and martyrdom. In the coffin there were the remains of a girl of about twelve or thirteen years of age along with a vial of her dried blood.
These findings were transferred to the Treasury of Rare Collection of Christian Antiquity in the Vatican and there was at that time no effort to establish that the remains belonged to a Saint. In 1805, a priest named Don Francesco di Lucia, who was traveling to Rome, heard about the remains and requested them to be put in his village church at Mugnano del Cardinale, Italy.
When the remains were brought to the village church at Mugnano, graces, favors and miracles began to occur among the village people and in the nearby vicinity. Miracles continued to occur year after year and in 1837, Pope Gregory XVI elevated Philomena to Sainthood. The establishment of her sainthood was remarkable in that her sainthood was made without any other historical records other than her remains and her special favors and miracles which she was granting to people.
Saint John Vianney (the Curé of Ars), was very fond of Saint Philomena and encouraged his parishioners to pray to her and seek her intercession. He had a shrine put into his church where people would go and pray in front of her statue for her intercession. Also devoted to Saint Philomena were St. Peter Julian Eymard, St. Peter Chanel, St. Anthony Mary Claret, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, St. Euphrasia Pelletier, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, St. John Nepomucene Neumann, Blessed Anna Maria Taigi and Venerable Pauline Jaricot.
In 1961, the Vatican took Philomena off the Church Calendar and forbid devotion to her because they said that there was not enough evidence to declare her to be a Saint. (But, it cannot be shown completely, that she is not a saint.)
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LITANY PRAYER TO SAINT PHILOMENA