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May 1, 2017

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Bob Lord had this to say about Our Lady of Lourdes

February 10, 2017

LOURDES, 1858: IF I SHOULD EVER FORGET YOU…..

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Bob Lord’s favorite Shrine was Lourdes.

There is a quotation in Sacred Scripture regarding Jerusalem that
reads: “JERUSALEM, JERUSALEM, IF I SHOULD EVER
FORGET YOU…”
There are many holy places that this passage would apply to including
Jerusalem. But for us, when we hear this passage, our minds race to
that magical place where honor is given to Our Lord Jesus through
His Mother Mary, her shrine at Lourdes in France.
LOURDES, LOURDES, IF I SHOULD EVER FORGET
YOU…..
Lourdes is such a tribute to, and affirmation of, the love and care,
the concern, patience, and attention that is showered on us by our
Heavenly Family. It is also a magnificent prayer of faith the world
has been given in the the desire of Our Sweet Mary, Bernadette’s
Aquero (Dear One), to take care of our physical and spiritual
needs. The natural question we are asked after we have visited
Lourdes is, DID YOU SEE ANY MIRACLES, ANY CURES IN
LOURDES?”
Praise you, Jelourdes1sus, we have seen so many miracles, so many gifts
from Son to Mother, and Mother to children. Lourdes is the Wedding
Feast of Cana, multiplied a thousand fold. We can just picture Jesus
and Mary up in heaven. “Mother, it’s not my problem”, and Mary,
just smiling, saying to us “Do whatever He tells you”. Miracles
abound in Lourdes.
We have SEEN MIRACLES in Lourdes. We have seen CURES
in Lourdes. In order for us to witness to the physical cures the Lord
has given us at Lourdes, we have a man in our little Parish church
who was cured of terminal lung cancer in the baths in Lourdes.

There is also a doctor in our village, who was a very unhappy man.
He found early in his career that he didn’t like dealing with people.
He gave up his general practice to become an anesthesiologist, so
that he wouldn’t be required to have personal contact with patients.
He had a son who was a member of our Junior Legion of Mary. The
father did everything to block the boy from coming to our meetings.
Either he would not bring him to our home on the evenings of the
meetings, or he would bring him late, and pick him up early. The
doctor was very angry with the Church.
The children of the Legion grew up. Many of them moved away.
Our Junior Legion of Mary was disbanded. But one day, some years
later, the doctor’s son called us on the telephone, and asked us to
pray for his father, who had a brain tumor. He said to us “Jesus and
Mary listen to your prayers.” We told the boy we were on our way
to Lourdes; we would pray at the shrine, and go into the Baths for
his father’s cure.
At Lourdes, Penny went into the Baths for this doctor. Normally,
the women only sit down in the baths, while the men are completely
submerged. Without Penny saying a word to the volunteers, they
submerged her, so that the back of her head was in the water, the
same place where the doctor had the tumor.
Our daughter, Sister Clare, called us the following day, to ask what
we had done the previous day. She said the doctor had called, to
say he had experienced a burning sensation in the back of his head,
followed by a renewal of energy.
That was in 1981. The doctor still has the tumor, but it has been in
remission since that day Penny went into the Baths. He has made
a pilgrimage of Thanksgiving to Lourdes, as well as to Knock. He
has had a complete conversion. Today, he embraces the Church
passionately. He said to us on one occasion, “I’m thankful for my
cure. But if I should lose my new relationship with Jesus and Mary,
I would rather die.”

He is now the unofficial doctor for our local seminary. He begs for
free medicine, lab work, and x-rays for the seminarians. The rector
of the seminary told us recently that Dr. Bill has saved the seminary
nearly a million dollars in medical expense over the last 6 years. So
we can say with certainty that cures and miracles occur at Lourdes.
But physical healings are not the greatest miracle of Lourdes. What
is the Miracle there? Is it solely in the fact that the Mother of God
came here to visit a young, uneducated girl? Is the Miracle the many
cures that have taken place here? Is it the Spring, the miraculous
waters that have poured out for the last 130 years, and show no signs
of letting up?
Indeed, all these things are miracles, gifts from Our Lord Jesus
through His Mother, His loving, giving Mother. But I believe that
these were just the beginnings of a greater miracle, a catalyst of
the real miracle, the ongoing miracle, the miracle of Church. The
word Catholic stands out like a neon light in Lourdes. At any given
time, tens of thousands of Catholics from hundreds of points on the
earth can be found here, praising God, loving His beautiful Mother,
and saying, YES, LORD, THANK YOU LORD, I BELIEVE. I
TRUST YOU WITH MY LIFE’”.
We’re told that in France, the eldest daughter of the Church, less
than 5% of the Catholic population go to Church and receive the
Sacraments. We’re not about to argue these statistics, but if they’re
true, all these people must be at Lourdes each time we visit there.
We have seen Faith in Lourdes, that if, spread over the entire world,
would be strong enough to give us peace forever.
WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT? WHAT HAPPENED IN
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Why did Mary come? What was so important at this time in history,
in this country? It’s easy in retrospect to understand the need for
divine intervention in 1858. The Church had gone through one of
its worst periods possible in Europe. It had not quite recovered from the French Revolution. New governments, new revolutions attacked
the Church and the people. In 1848, the Archbishop of Paris was
murdered when yet another revolution took place in France. It then
spread itself to Rome. The Pope’s Prime Minister was murdered.
The Papal Palace was attacked. Many were wounded or killed. It
became violent to the point of driving Pope Pius IX out of the Vatican
State. Belief and trust in the promise of Jesus waned badly. It seemed
as if the Church was tolling its death knell. Louis Napoleon brought
his French troops to the aid of the Church temporarily, and the Pope
was able to return to Rome. But the calm was shortlived. The war
clouds loomed over the horizon again. Satan poised his troops in
preparation for the final destruction of the Church.

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In 1854, in the midst of this, and in the face of massive opposition,
one of Mary’s staunchest supporters, Pope Pius IX proclaimed to the
world what had been believed down through the centuries, but had
never been made a Dogma of the Church. THE IMMACULATE
CONCEPTION was declared fact, and all Catholics were required
to believe this. There had been a popular heresy spreading throughout
Europe at this time, Pantheism, which claimed that man was equal
with God. By this proclamation, Our Lord Jesus through the Pope
declared that with the exception of Jesus, only Mary was conceived
without Original Sin. The rest of the human race are heirs of Adam
and Eve, and all that goes with it.
This proclamation caused more problems than it meant to solve.
Rumbling went on inside the Church, and outsidein Protestant
circles. It was outrageous, they said, to give this singular honor to
a woman. Read more here

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Saint Teresa of Avila

February 7, 2017

St. Teresa of Avila
“At last, at last, a daughter of the Church”

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Teresa of Avila, lovingly referred to as Teresa la Grande, is a radical sign in our Church. She is so grand, yet so simple in her walk toward the Lord. We believe the reason we shied away from her for so many years is that we were intimidated by her biographers. We were afraid she was high above us, intellectually and spiritually.
We tried to bypass her Shrines at Avila and Alba de Tormes. But the more we attempted to go round her, the more she drew us to her. We planned a pilgrimage to the Shrines of Europe. A beautiful lady, Sister Jane, was celebrating her 25th anniversary as a Religious. She and another Sister also celebrating her 25th anniversary, were given the money to go with us. When we met Sister Jane, she bowled us over with her excitement. We were going to the Holy Land, Rome, Assisi, Siena, Lourdes, Fatima, and as an aside, Avila. When she heard Avila, she almost went into ecstasy. This was her greatest dream, to walk where Teresa, had walked. Because of her, we too became excited.
Teresa touched us again on that pilgrimage, in Lourdes. We were honored to meet up with our Archbishop, the late Timothy Cardinal Manning. He was on a private pilgrimage of Lourdes and the Holy Land (Ireland), with another Priest. He asked us our itinerary. When we neglected to mention Alba de Tormes, he looked us in the eye, and suggested, no, commanded, “If you don’t visit any other Shrine, you must go to Alba de Tormes.” Cardinal Manning had the ability to burrow through to your soul with his eyes and his voice.
The Shrines were beautiful. The tribute given this great Saint by the Church was awe-inspiring. But we got to know Teresa through her Carmelite Priests, at the Shrines. At her birthplace in Avila, a young Priest explained who Teresa was and is. In Alba de Tormes, Fray Hernandez, spoke of her with such simplicity and love, we hungered to learn more.
Teresa, is that when you became a part of our lives? Was it the day we discovered you were reachable, so touchable, when the Priest spoke of you so lovingly that tears came to his and our eyes? We never knew. When our daughter had spoken of castles; when we started to realize what castle she meant, the Interior Castle1, we became intimidated. We tried to read about the different mansions in the Castle; we felt we would never be able to go beyond the first mansion (room), if we had the courage to enter it, in the first place. But after sharing you with those beautiful Carmelites, we fell in love with you. We knew you were reaching out to us; we gulped a few times, and said Yes!
We knew it couldn’t be our design, to write about Teresa, instead of a Saint we judged easier. As we studied her life and her spirituality, we discovered a woman for all seasons. Rather than a Saint, too spiritual and too deep to understand, we found a woman, with practical, good common sense, someone not superior to the simple mind nor too simple for the superior mind. We found a warm, loving mother with an ear and a heart always open to her sisters.
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Although Teresa was and is truly Catholic, we found her to be a model for non-Catholics as well. Crashaw, the English Protestant poet, who converted to Catholicism and later became a Priest, was just one of the many whose lives were changed as a result of her writings.
Blessed Edith Stein, went from being born a Jewess, to a life of science with the exclusion of God, to conversion to the Roman Catholic Church after reading Saint Teresa’s autobiography. She died a Carmelite Nun and Martyr in the gas chambers of Auschwitz.
Macauley, a historian, said Teresa did more to block the spread of Protestantism, by her life and writings, than even St. Ignatius Loyola. “If St. Ignatius Loyola is the brain of the Catholic reaction, Teresa is its heart; if Ignatius is the head of a great band, Teresa of Jesus belongs to its humanity.”Defenders of the Faith Super Saints book 3
Saints like Francis de Sales and Alphonsus Liguori, both Doctors of the Church, not only greatly admired her, but turned to her works for enlightenment and inspiration. Her autobiography, written reluctantly out of obedience to her Spiritual Director, has become known as one of the most important books on the Christian Way of Life.
Popes, over the centuries, have extolled St. Teresa and her writings. Pope St. Pius X said one need go no farther than her books to discover how to live a truly holy life; that in her works she very clearly directs one, from the very ordinary, everyday living of the Christian life, to the highest peaks of holiness. Very simply, she teaches that true progress in prayer is achieved by the faithful fulfilling of our daily duties with Christ as the center, and the living out of our belief in a holy and obedient manner.
Teresa was born into a time of upheaval, with protesters ( Protestants) calling rebellion “Reformation.” The fight to restore Christianity had not ended with the expulsion of the Moors. Not even the thick walls of Avila, raised between 1090 and 1097, forty feet high and thirteen feet thick, could keep out the conflict and confusion. Only now, it was between Christians and Jews, as well as with conversos, Jews who had converted to Christianity in name only. Some of these conversos were Priests, Bishops, and Cardinals and they were teaching heresy to the unsuspecting faithful. Much of this was to lead to the Inquisition1, which would affect Teresa later on in life.
Teresa’s family claimed they were of pure blood, that is, no mixture of Moorish or Jewish blood (reflecting the prejudice of the time instilled by the hundreds of years of Moor domination); but there are those authors who say that Teresa’s grandfather was a converso. He was brought before the Inquisition, forced to accuse himself of judaizing1 and, as punishment, had to process in the streets, seven Fridays in a row, wearing the humiliating sanbenito3. Reconciling with the Inquisition, out of expediency, Teresa’s grandfather moved, with his family, to Avila.
In 1514, the year before Teresa was born, Pope Leo X granted an indulgence to those donating money toward the building of a new Basilica in Rome, St. Peter’s. Although the indulgence called for the usual conditions of penance and contrition, it became highly controversial.
The year Teresa was born, 1515, Martin Luther was to attack the very Foundations of the womensaintsbookCatholic Church using the selling of indulgences as a tool. As a result of this act, not only would the Catholic world never be the same, but the very essence of Christianity would change for all time. Opening the door to more conflicts to this very day, this one act of disobedience was to lead to the scandal of over 3000 splinters of the Cross of Jesus. What with disobedience building on disobedience, and dissension building on dissension, the unity Jesus commanded, “as I am one with the Father,” has instead become Christian against Christian, brother against brother. And how our Beloved Lord weeps.
Again, we come to Christ and how He defends His Church. We would be foolish to believe it was merely a coincidence that Teresa was born the very year Martin Luther came out with his dogma of salvation through grace alone. Whereas Luther, troubled by the conflict between the flesh and the Spirit, addressed his dilemma by embracing the good things of the world, Teresa was to live a radical life of obedience, often under the worst of conditions, choosing the Lord of all, rather than the all. Teresa, always calling herself a sinner, was to do penance throughout her life in reparation for what she considered this evil brought about by Luther. Read More

The above is an excerpt from Bob and Penny Lord’s book about Saint Teresa of Avila
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Miracle of Lanciano Italy

February 5, 2017

Lanciano is a small, medieval town , nestled in from the coast of the Adriatic Sea in Italy, halfway between San Giovanni Rotondo and Loreto. Everything about Lanciano smacks of the Eucharistic Miracle. Even the name of the town was changed from Anxanum (in ancient times), to Lanciano, meaning “THE LANCE”. Tradition has it that the centurion, named Longinus, who thrust the Lance into the side of Jesus, striking Him in the Tip of His Heart from which He shed blood and water, (in the Gospel account of the Crucifixion (Mk 15:29)) was from this town. After seeing the events which followed the piercing of Jesus’ heart, the darkening of the sun, and the earthquake, he believed that Christ was the Savior. A more physical sign, however, was that Longinus had had poor eyesight, and after having touched his eyes with the water and blood from the side of Jesus, his eyesight was restored. What a perfect parallel the actions of the Centurion were to the Eucharistic Miracle. He touched the Heart of Jesus, was healed, and converted. He gave up the Army, went to Cappadocia, and was martyred for the faith. He is known now as Saint Longinus. His feast day is celebrated on March 15.

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The church of the Eucharistic Miracle is located in the center of the town. But what is the center of the town today was the outskirts of the town back in the Eighth Century, when the Eucharistic Miracle occurred. At the time, it was called the Church of St. Legontian and St. Domitian, and was under the custody of the Basilian Monks, of the Greek Orthodox Rite. This was prior to the Great Schism of 1054.

A Basilian monk, wise in the ways of the world, but not in the ways of faith, was having a trying time with his belief in the real presence of Our Lord Jesus in the Eucharist. He prayed constantly for relief from his doubts, and the fear that he was losing his vocation. He suffered through the routine of his priesthood day after day, with these doubts gnawing at him.
The situation in the world did not help strengthen his faith. There were many heresies cropping up all the time, which kept chipping away at his faith. They were not all from outside the church either. Brother priests and bishops were victims of these heresies, and they were being spread throughout the church. This priest, being a very intelligent person, couldn’t help but be more and more convinced by the logic of these heresies, especially the one concerning his particular problem, the physical presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Human logic has always been a great enemy of the soul, when we try to understand the Divine.
One morning, while he was having a strong attack of doubt, he began the Consecration of the Mass for the people of the town. He used the same size host which is used in the Latin Rite masses today. What he beheld as he consecrated the bread and wine caused his hands to shake, indeed his whole body. He stood for a long time with his back to the people, and then slowly turned around to them.
He said: “O fortunate witnesses to whom the Blessed God, to confound my disbelief, has wished to reveal Himself in this Most Blessed Sacrament and to render Himself visible to our eyes. Come, brethren, and marvel at our God so close to us. Behold the Flesh and Blood of our most beloved Christ.”

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The host had turned into Flesh. The wine had turned into Blood.
The people, having witnessed the miracle for themselves, began to wail, asking for forgiveness, crying for mercy. Others began beating their breasts, confessing their sins, declaring themselves unworthy to witness such a miracle. Still others went down on their knees in respect, and thanksgiving for the gift the Lord had bestowed on them. All spread the story throughout the town, and surrounding villages.
Jesus even allowed Himself to be crucified again. After the miracle, the Host was pinned down to a wooden board, so that when it dried, it would not curl up, as scabbed flesh does. So here He was again, with nails in His Body, nailed to a piece of wood.
The miracle that occurred in 700 was just the beginning. That was 1250 years ago. Had that miracle taken place, and then the flesh and blood disintegrated, as would have been normal, the miracle would have been none the less a lanciano1miracle. The priest’s faith had been renewed. The entire town, the whole country for that matter, became aware of the miracle. Pilgrims flocked to Lanciano to venerate the Host turned flesh. Belief in the Eucharist had been reborn. The gift from the Lord was complete.

But that’s not all. The Miracle is ongoing. The Host-turned- Flesh, and the wine-turned-Blood, without the use of any form of preservative, is still present in the reliquary. In 1574, testing was done on the Flesh and Blood.

Read more about the results of that test and more importantly the recent tests.

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Saint Clare of Assisi and the Miracle of the Eucharist

August 10, 2016

Miracle of the Eucharist of Assisi

She was firm in the face of adversity. The famous incident, which we call the Miracle of the Eucharist of Assisi, took place at San Damiano in 1241, twelve years before Clare died. The catalyst that the Lord used to bring about this miracle was a German prince, Frederick II of Swabia. There is a tradition that Frederick was born in Assisi at the same time as Francis, and was baptized on the same day in the church of San Ruffino. The Pope had treated this Frederick very well, being sure he was brought up comfortably, affording him every courtesy. The young German repaid his kindness by turning on the Pope and the Church, waging a war against them, and the people of the Umbria. He had visions of an empire that would spread itself from Assisi down to Sicily. To this end, he recruited a band of Saracen (Arab) mercenaries to be his army. Reinforced by his band of merciless cutthroats, Frederick proceeded to march against Assisi.clare3

The convent of San Damiano stood between the troops of Frederick II and the city of Assisi. The fact that there was a group of virgin nuns in the convent was particularly appealing to the Saracens, who hated Christians, and had a lusty appetite for Caucasian women. They proceeded to attack the Convent. Clare was sick in bed at this time. Her ladies rushed to her, crying, in a state of panic. What would they do? Could she protect them from the attacking soldiers? One of the Sisters ran into the room to report that she had seen soldiers in the fields close to the convent. A general state of alarm broke out.

Clare had two Sisters help her up out of bed. She went to their little Chapel, and removed a Monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament. She held it in her hands, pressed her head against it, and prayed to the Lord. She walked to the large open window facing the courtyard below. She spoke to the Lord, and He answered her. She implored, “Protect, Lord, these your servants, that I now, by myself, cannot protect.”

A very sweet voice, that of a young child, answered her, “I will take care of you always.”

Clare added another prayer. “My Lord, protect also, as it pleases you, this city that by your love supports us.”

The reply she received was, “It will have to go through suffering, but it will be defended by my protection.”

Strengthened by these words, Clare turned to her Sisters, who were terrified by the prospects of the attack of the feared Saracens. “I guarantee you, my daughters, that you will not suffer any evil. Only have faith in Christ.” She took the monstrance and held it high in the air.

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The advancing Saracens froze in their tracks at the courtyard of the Convent. They looked up at Clare, at the Monstrance in her hand. Petrified with fear, as if they could recognize the God Who was there, they turned and ran, fleeing from the convent of San Damiano, leaving Clare and her Sisters in peace. The next day, the people of Assisi were pleased, but astonished that the Saracens had not attacked their city. Survival not conquest, uppermost in their minds, the invaders had left without ever setting foot in the town

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Saint John Vianney Patron Saint of Parish Priests

August 3, 2016

Who is Saint John Mary Vianney?

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Saint John Mary Vianney was a humble priest, hidden away in a small remote village, too small to appear on most maps of France.  This priest, like the mustard seed, could not be hidden in obscurity; the gifts of the Holy Spirit he received were to bring thousands and thousands to him.  It is no wonder he comes from that section where over a century later, the Charismatic Renewal of France began.  The Holy Spirit goes where He wills, when He wills.

It is also no coincidence, he was born close to where our Lord showed His Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque.  Jesus told Margaret Mary, He was more deeply hurt by the Crown of Thorns pressed on His Heart by His friends, than by the One His enemies mockingly placed on His Head.  How many times, Cure did your heart get pierced from a crown of thorns thrust there by friends?  Did it wound you, like it did Jesus? 

Here again, like with Mother Mary’s Apparitions and Miracles of the Eucharist, we have clusters of Heavenly happenings.  Could it be, the Lord goes where there is much need?  You could definitely say that of Ars and of France, at the time of Saint John Vianney.  Ars was a village of sin and apathy.  The Cure would spend forty-one years of dry martyrdom, as Pastor of Ars, the only parish he would ever serve.

Saint John Vianney was born in France, the France of Heritage, eldest daughter of the Church.  This France, in his lifetime, would be ripped apart and aborted by revolution.  That malignancy of the spirit was not only to eat away at all the magnificent old traditions of France, but would spread right into the heart of the Church.  As anger cannot be contained, those spoiling and destroying did not stop at the aristocracy, but forgetting why they had begun in the first place, turned on Church, guillotining priests and Nuns.  We share this because, as in the time of Saint John Vianney, if faith, like a garden, is not cared for and nourished, it will die.  And die France did, and the Church along with her.  Only in places like French Canada and our beloved Louisiana can you see evidence of the glorious Heritage of the France of Yesterday.  There, the old traditions and pride in France and the Church flourish, side by side.

The Curé’s Spirituality

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The Curé followed the example and teachings of the Early Fathers of the Desert and that of Saint Sulpice. In that of the Fathers of the Desert, he not only derived inspiration from their teachings, he followed them to the letter, often quoting them verbatim.

The Curé had many friends but he had enemies as well, who were always trying to discredit him. Those who loved him, wanted him to answer his accusers, to defend himself. In response, he told

this story, from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers:

“One day a Saint commanded one of his monks: `Go to the cemetery and say insulting things to the dead.’ The monk obeyed and when he returned the Saint commanded him: `What did they answer?’ `Nothing.’ `Well then return and praise them.’ The monk obeyed once more and came back. `Did they answer you this time?’ `Still nothing’ `Well then,’ answered the Saint, `whether people insult you or praise you, do the same as the dead.’”

Another time, making reference to the lukewarm, those who just go through the motions, mouthing prayers, attending Mass, distracted by the world and its attractions rather than centering on Him, without Whom there would be no world no less its beauty, he again used teachings from the Sayings of the Fathers:

“Flies do not settle on boiling water. They fall into cold or tepid water.”

He was warning: Unless when you are on fire: you continue to stoke up the fire with spiritual reading, attend Holy Mass daily,

receive the Sacrament of Penance often, fast, practice abstinence, make use of the crosses handed to you each day of your life; unless you become a contemplative in action making every thought, every action, every step, every beat of your heart in adoration of the Lord and His Sacred Wounds, you will become as tepid or cold as the stagnant water flies like to habitat.

Father Vianney was not one who lived in the past, the good old days. True, he was influenced by the lives of the Saints before him, using forms of their spirituality and wisdom to more closely portray Jesus Christ in our midst. But he was a man for all seasons. He tried to walk boldly in the footsteps of the Desert Fathers while accepting and using the available gifts of the Church of the nineteenth century.

These two spiritualities were closely fused into the man-priest that made up Father John Mary Vianney: one from the ancients and the other from the Church of his day. He loved this Church on the move. He revered this Church which stood on the foundation of centuries of faithfulness and martyrdom. Right from his days in the Seminary and with Father Balley, strength was formed within him which would last and sustain him throughout his entire priesthood. He had Jesus as the center of his life and the Blessed Mother as his mother and intercessor.

From the spirituality of Saint Sulpice, he developed an acute awareness of his Lord in the Holy Eucharist. From this 7th century Saint, he learned, the one perfect Adorer of His Father was Jesus, the Eternal priest, in the Eucharist.vianney2

The burning love Father Vianney had for the Savior was manifested as he prepared for the Sacred Celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy. But although the Eucharistic Liturgy was the high point of his Mass, he carefully balanced the Liturgy of the Word with the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

He could feel his Savior’s presence in the Tabernacle, so he took every opportunity to adore Him in the Blessed Sacrament. His Presence brought tears to the Curé’s eyes. This passion he felt for the Lord was no on-again off-again affair. Speaking of the Lord in the Holy Eucharist, he said:

“If we had a lively faith, we would certainly be able to see Him in the Blessed Sacrament. There are priests who see Him every day during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.”

Many who saw the Curé during the Mass, believed he was speaking of himself as one of those priests, but the Curé would never have admitted that, never wanting attention brought to himself. He would have considered this consolation. He not only did not seek consolation, he distrusted it:

“When we have no consolations, we serve God

for God’s own sake. When we have them, we are in danger of serving Him for ourselves.”

 

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