Come on a journey with Mary Jane Fox to a small village in Eastern France called Ars. St. John Vianney, the patron saint of all parish priests, spent 41 years living in this small town with a population of about 780. The village contains two churches: the old 12th-Century church where St. Vianney preached and a new Basilica of Ars, where you can observe his preserved body in a glass coffin.
On this journey, we will learn about:
- The incredible life of St. John Marie Vianney.
- The area of Ars that have the Basilica, Chapel of the Heart, His home, and the old Church used by the Saint.
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation also known as Confession – a beautiful gift given to us by the Lord.
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Jewel for the Journey:
“Every Consecrated Host is made to burn Itself up with love in a human heart.” – St. John Vianney
Get More Out of Your Journey:
Sacerdotii Nostri Primordia – Encyclical of Pope John XXIII written in honor of the 100th anniversary of St. John Vianney’s death.
A Prayer Written by St. John Vianney:
I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life.
I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You.
I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally.
My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You,
I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath. Amen
A Closer Look at this Week’s Journey:
Where is the Shrine of St. John Vianney Located?