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St. John Vianney Catholic Church
Just as a building has doors, so to our mind and hearts have 'doors' as well. Open yours as you step within these doors to explore the wonders of this beautiful Church .
Many sacred images are present in St John Vianney Catholic Church.
As one looks to The Savior of mankind on the cross He beared for our sins, our eyes and hearts are drawn only to Him there for us all..
Our Lord is present waiting for souls to come to Him in His ever giving mercy in the Eucharist - the heart of ourlives and world as Catholics .The Bible and the Lord's Supper
All Catholic Churches have an 'assent' or steps leading up to the altar. This is suggestive of so many elements in sacred history as well as the call to us all to 'ascend' toward heaven by seeking to live holy lives.
St John Vianney
Born May 8, 1786 in Dardilly, near Lyon, in a family of farmers, Jean-Marie Vianney started preparing his priesthood when he was 20 with Father Balley, priest of Ecully. He was ordained in 1815 and became Curate in Ecully. He was then sent to Ars in 1818. As soon as he arrived, he made the church his home. Night and day, there he was, in front of the tabernacle, praying the Lord for his parishioners'conversion. Little by little, he revived their faith through his sermons but above all through his prayers and his lifestyle. He restored and embellished his church, formed an orphanage : « La Providence » and took care of the poor. Very quickly, his reputation as a confessor drew to him many pilgrims seeking the pardon of God and the peace of heart. Assailed by many fights and ordeals he kept his heart rooted in the love of God and his brothers ; his only concern was the salvation of the souls. His catechisms and his homelies mainly dealt with the goodness and mercy of God.
This priest burning with love before the Blessed Sacrament, entirely devoted to God, to his parishioners and to the pilgrims, died August 4,1859, after having reached the limite of Love. He was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1925 (together with Theresa of Jesus Child) he was then proclaimed patron saint of all the priests in the World in 1929.
He spent whole nights in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament, in his church. "The food of the heart, it is the body and the blood of God... Live of him in order to live for him
St John Vianney
"Holy Baptism holds the first place among the sacraments, because it is the door of the spiritual life; for by it we are made members of Christ and incorporated with the Church. And since through the first man death entered into all, unless we be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, we can not enter into the kingdom of Heaven, as Truth Himself has told us.
In Baptism we are plunged into the mystery of Christ's death and resurrection, and our baptismal commitment includes a willingness to give our life for others as Jesus did. Two important liturgical functions center at the font, the baptismal rite itself, and the blessing of the font. The earliest allusion to such a blessing is by Tertullian who refers to the sanctification of the water by the invocation of God (De bapt., iv). St. Cyprian speaks of its being purified and sanctified by the priest (Ep. lxx, Ad Jan.); St. Basil considered the blessing, already of long-standing practice in his day, as of Apostolic institution (De Spiritu Sancto, xxvii)."
from New Advent.org
Kneeling before the tabernacle, I can think of only one thing to say to our Lord: "My God, you know that I love You." And I feel that my prayer does not weary Jesus; knowing my weakness, He is satisfied with my good will.
Saint Therese of Lisieux
When the faithful are nourished by the Eucharist, they are called to share that grace as light to the world.
Christ shed His blood for us in the ultimate sacrifice for mankinds sin.
A beautiful reminder of Jesus' love of children.
So too His Mother Mary loves us all as She is our Mother.
Icons representing the 14 Stations of the Cross surround the nave. These are a work of art in their simplicity and beauty. As we look upon these works of art our hearts and minds should be drawn to God in praye
The Virgin Mary, Mother of Our Lord and of The Church.
Mary and The Bible
St. Joseph is the patron of fathers of families as he was so to the Holy Family.
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, the youngest of three children of an Albanian builder, on August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia. She felt that August 27, 1910, the day of her baptism, was her true birthday.
Our Lord does not come down from Heaven every day to lie in a golden ciborium. He comes to find another heaven which is infinitely dearer to him - the heaven of our souls, created in His Image, the living temples of the Adorable Trinity.
Saint Therese of Lisieux
In any of these photos, or in your next visit to a church - stop, look and listen. Ponder the Cross. Pray to hear what the Lord might be saying to you through a Station of the Cross, a picture or statue of His blessed Mother, an angel or saint. What do you see in their eyes? Do you see a look of humility? Are their feet bare or in sandals? Every statue or photo can have an amazing richness of messages. This is why, for centuries, the Church used sacred art to teach the people - especially before reading became common. Today, when the graphic arts have become powerful means of influencing people, isn't it fitting that we look to spiritual art to inspire us to lead lives pleasing to God?
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