Today we begin the novena to Saint John Vianney for the intentions of Father Pavone and Bishop Zurek. We begin on the feast of another priest who was recalled for a time, Saint Padre Pio.
“We have not deserved to pray – but God, in his goodness, has permitted us to speak with Him.” - St. Jean Vianney, the Cure of Ars
Saint John Marie Baptist Vianney you were born of a deeply religious mother; from her you received the Holy Faith; you learned to love God and to pray. At a young age, you were seen kneeling in the front of the statue of Mary. Your soul was supernaturally carried towards the things on High. Despite the high cost, you answered your vocation! Against many obstacles and contradictions, you had to fight and suffer to become the perfect priest which you were. But your deep spirit of faith supported you in all these battles.
O most holy Saint John Vianney, you were a priest who was outstanding in pastoral zeal. May priests today be filled with that zeal, faithful to their calling, refreshed in their labors by the Holy Spirit, supported by their fellow workers and appreciated by those whose lives they touch. Dear Curé of Ars, pray for us, but especially for all priests!
Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray during this novena for the restoration of the father-son relationship between Father Pavone and Bishop Zurek, that strengthened in the priestly regard for one another the faithful may be strengthened in heart.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be