Curé of Ars LRP

A Lenten Reading Plan

Read selections from the writings of the great Saint John Vianney each day until Easter.

Lent is a time of personal conversion and greater participation in the life of the Church.  By reading the writings of the great spiritual authors, we can find the inspiration and example we need to follow Christ more closely each day in the particularity of our own lives. 

This reading plan goes through many of the catecheses, exhortations, and sermon excerpts of Saint Jean-Baptiste Marie Vianney, patron saint of parish priests.

The readings are all contained in this Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file (click to download).

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(biography from

st-john-vianneyBorn to a farm family. In his youth John taught other children their prayers and catechism. Ordained in 1815, though it took several years of study – he had little education, was not a very good student, and his Latin was terrible. Assigned as a parochial vicar to Ecully, France. In 1818 he was assigned to the parish of Ars-sur-Formans, France, a tiny village near Lyons, which suffered from very lax attendance. He began visiting his parishioners, especially the sick and poor, spent days in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, did penance for his parishioners, and leading his people by example. Had the gifts of discernment of spirits, prophecy, hidden knowledge, and of working miracles. Tormented by evil spirits, especially when he tried to get his 2-3 hours of sleep each night. Crowds came to hear him preach, and to make their reconciliation because of his reputation with penitents; by 1855 there were 20,000 pilgrims a year to Ars. Spent 40 years as the parish priest.

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