04 August 2009
The Curé d'Ars
I have been thinking about the Year for Priests of late. In our Diocese, every priest is being prayed for throughout the year (thanks to the Bevans for the idea and organisation and the internet and facebook etc for making it possible! Where would we be without the web?). So I was browsing my favourite blogs for inspiration, and over the last three days Fr Mark of Vultus Christi has been putting up the most wonderful reflections on the priesthood and St John Mary Vianney leading up to the 150th anniversary of his death. Here are the links to the first, second, and third evenings of the Triduum. This quote from the Curé is just amazing: "Oh, how great is the priest!" he said. "...God obeys him: he utters a few words and the Lord descends from heaven at his voice, to be contained within a small host." I also have a lovely book about St John Mary Vianney, full of quotes and prayers, and I particularly like this one: "We do not have to talk very much to pray well." There are times when there is so much to pray about I don't even know where to start, and find this so encouraging. Please, though, follow the links above for a really good and inspiring read!