How fitting that our dear pope, Benedict XVI, declares 2009-2010 the Year of the Priests and entrusts the priests of the world to the patronage of St. Jean Marie Vianney and exhorts all priests to follow the simple Cure of Ars' life.
The Saint's simplicity and dedication to his vocation is a matter not be emulated not only by priests, diocesan or religious, but by the laity as well for St. John Mary Vianney showed how to live according to one's state in life.
I once visited a blog laudemgloriae.blogspot.com, by Christine, who went on a pilgrimage to Ars. Among the beautiful photos that she took from her trip and pilgrimage are rare photos of the museum of the saint where St. John's items are displayed. His cassock and other personal items are so simple and meager while the vestments he used to celebrate Mass were splendidly trimmed with gold threads! It proves that when it comes to the Lord, St. John offers everything. How ironic that those who call for simplicity in the Liturgy are the ones who live extravagantly.
Here are the photos
The saint's personal effects
St. Jean Marie Vianney knows excellent liturgical fashion!
You can see more of her pilgrimage by clicking here. Please do visit Christine's blog. Kudos Christine!
I now share to you this beautiful prayer attributed to the great saint.
I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life. I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You. I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally....My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.
The saint's incorrupt body awaiting the resurrection, lying above the main altar of the basilica dedicated in his honor.