Tuesday, August 4
Feast of John Vianney, priest
Say hello to a priest today
To the sophisticated of the 21st century, Saint John Vianney can seem a funny, well-intentioned but bumbling Catholic antique. But his commitment, especially to those seeking forgiveness and reconciliation, was anything but antiquated, and he continues to inspire. We can forgive his overzealous threat to withhold absolution from penitents who refused to give up dancing (!) and celebrate parish priests, who—like Saint John—place the good of their parishioners and their growth in holiness above all else. Know a priest? Why not call and give him a word of encouragement and gratitude today?
Today’s readings: Numbers 12:1-13; Matthew 14:22-36 or Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14 (408). “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”