Saint John Maria Vianney

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When San Juan María Vianney arrived at the small and secluded little village of Ars, someone said bitterly: “Here there is nothing to do.”  “Then, everything has to be done,” replied the saint.

He awaked at two o’clock at night and began to pray in the darkness of the Church, near the altar. He prayed the Divine Office, did the meditation, and prepared for the Holy Mass; after the Holy Mass he did the thanksgiving, and prayed until noon: on his knees always, on the ground, without leaning, the Rosary in his hands and his gaze fixed on the Tabernacle.

He started to change the schedules, because Jesus Eucharistic and the Holy Virgin attracted gradually the souls of that poor parish, until the Church was insufficient to contain the crowd, and the confessional of the holy priest came to have endless ranks of penitents, forcing him to confess for ten, fifteen, up to eighteen hours a day!

How was the transformation possible?

 

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God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, the weak to shame the strong, and the lowly and despised to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no person might boast before God.  It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.”  (1 Cor 1:31)

 

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