August 4, 2020

Saint John Vianney

For thus says the LORD: Incurable is your wound, grievous your bruise; there is none to plead your cause, no remedy for your running sore, no healing for you. All your lovers have forgotten you; they do not seek you. (Jeremiah 30:12-14)

One of the sad truths about sin is the devastation it leaves behind. A moment of pleasure, a passing thought, a surrender to temptation and the darkness within us, a betrayal of our commitment to Christ, and the light and peace he brings; all of these wound us and leave us empty, unsatisfied. Our “lovers” ‒ the actions, thoughts, and desires we believed would fulfill us and bring us happiness ‒ have abandoned us. They have no power to heal at the deepest level of our need. Only God can restore the son or daughter made in his image and redeemed by the perfect love of Christ on Calvary.

John Vianney, the Curé of Ars, was a devoted priest and pastor. Penitents traveled to Ars to confess to him and experience the grace of reconciliation. Vianney and Peter Julian Eymard, the “Apostle of the Eucharist,” were contemporaries and friends; both are now saints of the Church of Grenoble.

John Vianney said, “A mortal, a creature, feeds himself, satisfies himself with his God, making of him his daily food and drink! O miracle of miracles! O love beyond all love! O happiness beyond all happiness! I thank you, O my God, and I ask of you the grace to hunger always for this heavenly food.”

The Eucharist is food and medicine. In our foolishness, at times, we look elsewhere, only to discover that God alone is our healer and lover.

Let us pray:

Shepherd of my soul, let me taste of your mercy and know true peace and healing. Amen.


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About Anthony Schueller, SSS

Father Anthony Schueller was the Provincial Superior of the Province of Saint Ann of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and the editor of Emmanuel.