In celebration of the Year of the Priest and the Second National Congress of the Clergy, the relics of St. John Mary Vianney, the patron saint of priests, and on whose 150th Dies Natalis the Catholic world celebrates the Year for Priests, will be venerated.
According to the Archdiocese of Manila website "A part of the body together with his stole and breviary relics of St. John Mary Vianney will arrive from France accompanied by two French priests." I was hoping that his incorrupt heart was the one that arrived. Well, just thank the Lord for the grace of having the relics of this great priest here in Manila.
The papal preacher, Fr. Raniero Cantalamesa, OFM, will speak during the National Congress.
The schedule of the relics’ exposition is as follows:
(January 23) Arrival at NAIA at 9:30 a.m., National Shrine of the Sacred Heart at 11 am;
(January 24); EDSA Shrine at 12 noon;
(January 25-29) 2nd National Congress of the Clergy at the World Trade Center;
(January 29) Sto. Niño de Tondo Parish at 12 noon;
(January 30) Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church/St. John The Baptist Parish at 12 noon; (January 31) St. John Mary Vianney Parish at 12 noon; and
(February 1) Departure at NAIA at 11:30 a.m.
Just a question.
St. John Mary Vianney spent his entire priestly life administering the sacraments. If he were alive today, would he be appreciative of the fact that there are no priest for one week to offer the Holy Sacrifice, absolve sins and even be at the side of the dying?
You don't leave your home without making the proper provisions right? Honestly, with the advancement in technology, few priests must remain in their dioceses and follow the proceedings online. Can this this be dome on a diocesan or regional level? Imagine the cost for transportation and lodging of all the priests coming and Manila is no place to find anything affordable nowadays. What if there is someone dying and he needs absolution? Will I trust my soul to an EMHC? DUH!
Buenasmarias shared this "Yes, I do understand their need for recollection, fraternal bonding, resting time with the Lord....but, can there not be at least one left in every parish?...I shudder to think of a situation where a priest is needed by a dying person...and there is no one to minister to him...isn't it more faithful to priestly vows.... being always available for the sacraments?" Makes sense.
What would the Cure of Ars say?