August 5 is the celebration of the Feast of St. John Vianney, also known as the Cure d’Ars. St. John Vianney was a simple man, who struggled through studies to be ordained a priest. He transformed a town ravaged by the French Revolution into a devout town and became famous as a confessor. It is told that this holy man often spent 18 hours in the confessional each day. He told his parishioners, and other who came from areas far and wide, the hard truths and expect them to adhere to those truths.
St. John Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests. On this his feast day, let us remember to pray for our priests, that they live the office of their vocation faithfully.