Only God knows how many souls were stolen from the devil through St. Jean Vianney's life of deep prayer, penitential practices, and many sufferings. Is it any wonder that the Holy Spirit inspired that he be chosen as patron and role model for priests? This humble priest, who was criticized and belittled by many brother priests, has been elevated to Sainthood and as patron of all priests, but we know little of those who thought they were better than St. Jean.
St. Jean's extraordinary sacrifices, effective for helping to save souls, are possibly not appealing to most of today's Christians. Could it be that many, or most, Christians remain in the stage of spiritual infancy, wanting more to receive than to give back to God, wanting to be coddled more than to contribute? St. Jean Vianney had progressed to spiritual maturity where he desired always to give more, no matter what the cost to him personally. There is a price to pay for the sanctification of souls, just as Jesus paid for our salvation with His suffering and death; and St. Jean was willing to pay it.
40 DAYS FOR LIFE DAY 17: What does God have in store?
Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Mother of all priests, and our Mother, help us respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request, through the voice of His Church, to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests. Amen.