Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Heart of a Priest



I have learned from fellow Leaguer Thomas Fitzpatrick at Recta Ratio that the incorrupt heart of St. Jean-Marie Baptiste Vianney is coming to Boston.

The schedule for veneration is here on the Official Archdiocesan website.

The initial Globe article here.

For more about this amazing saint you can read here and here and here.

The final link being the piece de resistance- St. John Vianney's Cathecism of a Priest. Notable quotes from this document:

Go to confession to the Blessed Virgin, or to an angel; will they absolve you? No. Will they give you the Body and Blood of Our Lord? No. The Holy Virgin cannot make her Divine Son descend into the Host. You might have two hundred angels there, but they could not absolve you. A priest, however simple he may be, can do it; he can say to you, "Go in peace; I pardon you. " Oh, how great is a priest! The priest will not understand the greatness of his office till he is in Heaven. If he understood it on earth, he would die, not of fear, but of love.


and


The priest is not a priest for himself; he does not give himself absolution; he does not administer the Sacraments to himself. He is not for himself, he is for you. After God, the priest is everything. Leave a parish twenty years without priests; they will worship beasts. If the missionary Father and I were to go away, you would say, "What can we do in this church? there is no Mass; Our Lord is no longer there: we may as well pray at home. " When people wish to destroy religion, they begin by attacking the priest, because where there is no longer any priest there is no sacrifice, and where there is no longer any sacrifice there is no religion.



If I were to meet a priest and an angel, I should salute the priest before I saluted the angel. The latter is the friend of God; but the priest holds His place. Saint Teresa kissed the ground where a priest had passed. When you see a priest, you should say, "There is he who made me a child of God, and opened Heaven to me by holy Baptism; he who purified me after I had sinned; who gives nourishment to my soul. " At the sight of a church tower, you may say, "What is there in that place?" "The Body of Our Lord. " "Why is He there?" "Because a priest has been there, and has said holy Mass. "

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Outstanding post!

God bless our priests and God bless you!

ablondeblogger said...

This always fascinates me, and scares me at the same time. I have this fear that only those people whose bodies are incorrupt after their death are the ones who will go to Heaven.

I wonder how scientists explain this phenomenon?

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