Prayer to St. John Vianney

We recall with admiration, your detachment from the things of the world; your deep humility and acceptance of humiliations; your extraordinary spirit of mortification and penance; your fortitude in trials against the assaults of the devil; your purity, union with God and love of the Eucharist.

Prayer to St. John Vianney

By Late Cardinal Ivan Dias
Dear St. John Mary Vianney, Curé of Ars, we revere in you the great model of sacerdotal life.

We recall with admiration, your detachment from the things of the world; your deep humility and acceptance of humiliations; your extraordinary spirit of mortification and penance; your fortitude in trials against the assaults of the devil; your purity, union with God and love of the Eucharist; your unremitting zeal and untiring service of souls by day and by night, at the confessional and in the pulpit; your compassion for all those in want – the sick, the poor and the sinners; your rare power to draw people to God.

True priest of the Most High, help our priests in our area ever to keep striving towards the acquisition of these virtues, so that they can become shepherds after God's own heart. Amen.

(Cardinal Ivan Dias was the Archbishop of Bombay from 1996-2006, and the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples from 2006 -2011)

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