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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Love of God and love of others are the two great commandments: Templeton Prize-winner Jean Vanier shows that these are the same thing. In his chapter-by-chapter book, Vanier explains how Jesus taught this lesson throughout his ministry.

Vanier includes stories from his work with L'Arche that express the great privilege we have of developing our relationships with one another and with God.

Click here to learn more about the book!

Enjoy this video featuring Jean Vanier!


 
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John Vianney: A man with vision overcomes obstacles and performs deeds that seem impossible. John Vianney was a man with vision: He wanted to become a priest. But he had to overcome his meager formal schooling, which inadequately prepared him for seminary studies. 
<p>His failure to comprehend Latin lectures forced him to discontinue. But his vision of being a priest urged him to seek private tutoring. After a lengthy battle with the books, John was ordained. </p><p>Situations calling for “impossible” deeds followed him everywhere. As pastor of the parish at Ars, John encountered people who were indifferent and quite comfortable with their style of living. His vision led him through severe fasts and short nights of sleep. (Some devils can only be cast out by prayer and fasting.) </p><p>With Catherine Lassagne and Benedicta Lardet, he established La Providence, a home for girls. Only a man of vision could have such trust that God would provide for the spiritual and material needs of all those who came to make La Providence their home. </p><p>His work as a confessor is John Vianney’s most remarkable accomplishment. In the winter months he was to spend 11 to 12 hours daily reconciling people with God. In the summer months this time was increased to 16 hours. Unless a man was dedicated to his vision of a priestly vocation, he could not have endured this giving of self day after day. </p><p>Many people look forward to retirement and taking it easy, doing the things they always wanted to do but never had the time. But John Vianney had no thoughts of retirement. As his fame spread, more hours were consumed in serving God’s people. Even the few hours he would allow himself for sleep were disturbed frequently by the devil. </p><p>Who, but a man with vision, could keep going with ever-increasing strength? In 1929, Pope Pius XI named him the patron of parish priests worldwide.</p> American Catholic Blog The most beautiful and spontaneous expressions of joy which I have seen during my life were by poor people who had little to hold on to. –Pope Francis

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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
St. John Vianney
Do you know a priest who reminds you of St. John Vianney? Send him an e-card to thank him for his ministry.
Birthday
May God bless you today with gentle surprises.
Mary's Flower - Fleur-de-lis
More countless than the drops in an ocean are the repetitions down the ages of those gracious words: “Hail, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.”
St. Ignatius Loyola
The founder of the Society of Jesus is also a patron of all who were educated by the Jesuits.
Anniversary
We continue to fall in love again and again throughout our years together.










ENTERTAINMENT
Pixels
All those misspent hours of youth, spending quarters on mindless video games, are finally put to use in "Pixels" (Columbia), a manic comedy about an alien invasion of Earth by 3-D characters from the arcade.

This inane mash-up of "Revenge ...

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Michelle Monaghan, Adam Sandler and Josh Gad star in a scene from the movie "Pixels."



BIBLE REFLECTIONS
Sharing the Word - Franciscan Media Productions
St. John Vianney
Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Alphonsus Liguori
Bringing Home the Word
The Space Between Faith and Doubt
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Doubt can lead us to question, to reflect, to understand reality at a deeper level.
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