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Ave Maria Meditations

Quotes from St. John Vianney (Feast Day August 4th), Patron of Priests:

“All the good works in the world are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because they are the works of men; but the Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison for it is but the sacrifice of man to God; but the Mass is the sacrifice of God for man.”

“The many wonders of creation can only fill us with astonishment and admiration. But when we speak of the most holy Eucharist we can say that here is to be found the miracle of divine love for us…. Has there been, or will there ever be, a nobler or more magnanimous love than that which He has shown us in the

“When we go before the Blessed Sacrament, let us open our heart; our good God will open His. We shall go to Him; He will come to us; the one to ask, the other to receive. It will be like a breath from one to the other.”

“Jesus Christ, after having given us all he could give, that is to say, the merit of his toils, his sufferings, and bitter death; after having given us his adorable body and blood to be the food of our souls, willed also to give us the most precious thing he had left, which was his holy Mother.”

“What does Jesus Christ do in the Eucharist? It is God who, as our Savior, offers himself each day for us to his Father’s justice. If you are in difficulties and sorrows, he will comfort and relieve you. If you are sick, he will either cure you or give you strength to suffer so as to merit Heaven. If the devil, the world, and the flesh are making war upon you, he will give you the weapons with which to fight, to resist, and to win victory. If you are poor, he will enrich you with all sorts of riches for time and eternity. Let us open the door of his sacred and adorable Heart, and be wrapped about for an instant by the flames of his love, and we shall see what a God who loves us can do. O my God, who shall be able to comprehend?”

“A mortal man, a creature, feeds himself, satiates himself, with his God, taking him for his daily bread, his drink… O miracle of miracles!…O love of loves!… O joy of joys!”

+St. John Vianney, Cure d’Ars


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  • Alex Antunes says:

    Great Quotes!

    Saint John Maria Vianney is a great Saint!

    Some years ago I have made a retreat in the Monastery of the Holy Cross, Anápolis, Brazil (Mosteiro da Santa Cruz) and that year was the Year of the Priests. So one of the preachings was about St. Jonh Maria Vianney. It was so impressive that I got very impressed about the “Cura D’Ars” (Parson of Ars?).

    One of his sentences that I most like is this:

    “It’s not the sinner that returns to God in order to ask him pardon, but the own God that runs after the sinner to make him to return to Him.”

    “Não é o pecador que retorna para Deus para lhe pedir perdão, mas é o próprio Deus que corre atrás do pecador e o faz retornar a ele.”

    I have posted other thoughts of him in my blog. If you want, you can check out in this link


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