“My little children, your hearts are small, put prayer stretches them and makes them capable of loving God. Through prayer we receive a foretaste of heaven and something of paradise comes down upon us. Prayer never leaves us without sweetness. It is honey that flows into the soul and makes all things sweet. When we pray properly, sorrows disappear like snow before the sun.”

~ St. John Vianney

 The Heart of St. John Vianney. Adoration of the
Heart of St. John Vianney,
Friday evening, July 16th
 Fr. Jim and Fr. Luke with
the Heart of St. John Vianney

Jean-Marie Vianney was an undistinguished man until his extraordinary gift of psychological insight and skill in individual counseling was revealed in his ministry. His direction, primarily given through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, was characterized by common sense, remarkable insight, and extraordinary knowledge through the power of the Holy Spirit. He was able to sense the deeper truth beyond the words of the person seeking reconciliation and provide guidance. It was said of him that he could see into people's souls. As his fame spread, people came from hundreds of miles to hear him preach and to receive his private counsel.
During the last ten years of his life, he spent from 13 to 18 hours a day in the confessional. His advice was sought by bishops, priests, religious, young men and women in doubt as to their vocation, sinners, persons in all sorts of difficulties, and the sick. By 1855, the number of pilgrims to Ars reached twenty thousand a year.