Holy Mass – Memorial of St John Vianney, Secular Franciscan and patron saint of priests.

National Vocations Awareness Week: Holy Mass at St Francis Church Newton – Memorial of St John Vianney, 4th August 2021, Secular Franciscan and Patron Saint of Priests.

Posted by St Francis Of Assisi Newton Parish on Tuesday, August 3, 2021

“The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus.” – St. John Marie Vianney

 Vianney testified that St Philomena and Our Lady appeared to him on occasions when he needed some Heavenly assistance. And always he would say, when asked how he kept up his arduous schedule, “With Our Lady and St Philomena we get on well together.”

Harassment by the devil: Satan prefers to be forgotten so that he can do his work all the more proficiently. If this tactic does not work, he has recourse to all sorts of manifestations to unsettle a soul. With the Curè none of his tactics were successful. Thus, the devil assumed a bodily form to terrify the priest, which he managed to do for a time. Imagine yourself being dragged out of bed by the ankles, as he was, on many occasions, or hearing hideous screams or Satan himself singing in the night. This what happened to the Curè D’Ars from 1824-1858, hundreds of times a year. After a while he stopped being terrified; all that Satan could effect was a loss of sleep, which was at most only 2 to 3 hours anyway. One night the bed was set aflame, still to no avail. The devil was heard to say, “If there were three such priests as you, my kingdom would be ruined.”