from the Writings and Instructions of Saint John Vianney
Jean-Baptiste Marie Vianney, known affectionately as The Curé d'Ars,
was a peasant priest. In the aftermath of the French Revolution and
Napoleonic rule, in a time of anti-clericalism and social and
economic disarray, he was appointed parish priest of the obscure and
dispirited village of Ars.
the next forty years, he was the agent of a complete spiritual,
social, and material reform of his parish, which became a joyful
refuge and a place of pilgrimage. Men and women would travel for
weeks simply to confess before the humble and holy man. His
particular devotion to the Blessed Sacrament is manifest in this book
of twenty-seven meditations, which had its first English edition two
years before his canonization in 1925.
John is now celebrated as the patron of parish priests.