The Heart of a Priest

by | Mar 9, 2019 | Relics, St. Jean-Marie Vianney | 7 comments

We ventured downtown to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes to venerate the incorrupt heart of St. Jean Vianney!

“On the Way of the Cross, you see, my children, only the first step is painful. Our greatest cross is the fear of crosses. . . We have not the courage to carry our cross, and we are very much mistaken; for, whatever we do, the cross holds us tight – we cannot escape from it. What, then, have we to lose? Why not love our crosses, and make use of them to take us to heaven?” 
– St. Jean-Marie Vianney

Touching her scapular to the reliquary containing the incorrupt heart of St. Jean Vianney ♥

“My little children, your hearts, are small, but prayer stretches them and makes them capable of loving God. Through prayer we receive a foretaste of heaven and something of paradise comes down upon us. Prayer never leaves us without sweetness. It is honey that flows into the souls and makes all things sweet. When we pray properly, sorrows disappear like snow before the sun.”

– St. Jean-Marie Vianney

My husband also brought along one of our family’s favorite books to touch to the reliquary too:
Sermons of the Cure of Ars ♥  (We have a beautiful hardcover edition from Neumann Press that is out of print)
My husband often reads his sermons aloud at dinner time.
You can find the links to a couple sermons in this post from 2007.

“My God, I give you my heart, and since You are so good as to give me another day, give me the grace that everything I do will be for Your honour and for the salvation of my soul.”
– St. Jean-Marie Vianney

“I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life. I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You. I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally… My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.”
– St. Jean-Marie Vianney


  1. Karen H

    Thank you for lifting my spirits – no, making them soar! – with the riches and beauty of this post. All of it, the uplifting quotes, the glorious relic, your precious, devoted family in the beautiful cathedral, bring Christ so close. Thank you and please know you and 'Baby Tie Breaker' remain in my daily prayers.

    2019-03-11 04:55:28

  2. Joy

    That is amazing that they got to go and venerate this GREAT Saint. Our Priest mentions him often in his homilies. Being he is the Patron Saint of Priests we especially need his intercession now for all of our clergy. St. Jean Vianney PLEASE intercede for all Priests, Seminarians, Deacons, Our Pope, Bishops, Cardinals and all discerning a vocation to the Priesthood or Religious life. Dear Lord grant them all who answer your call to serve you and us in your One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church. Surround and protect them all from satan and all his evil ways. Amen. You and your husband are such amazing parents in the way you are bringing up your beautiful children and giving them a Faith that will last them for all eternity. God Bless y'all!

    2019-03-11 16:39:01

  3. Marion

    Jessica Thank You for this moving post. God Bless You and Your Family Marion

    2019-03-11 20:13:36

  4. Joan

    This is a beautiful post. it is very moving. Thank you for sharing. God Bless Joan

    2019-03-11 20:15:09

  5. Marilyn

    You and Your beautiful family seem so interested and attentive. Thank You for sharing this special time for you and yours. God Bless Marilyn

    2019-03-11 20:16:54

  6. Elizabeth Clare

    What a wonderful experience in a gorgeous setting! St. John Vianney is one of my favorite saints. And that boy of your holding that precious little girl- be still my heart! You are blessed, Jessica!

    2019-03-14 16:30:07

  7. Guest

    So thankful for the graces that flowed from this beautiful opportunity! God be praised!! Thanks for sharing the inspirational quotes and sweet photos. What a special family. God bless!!

    2019-03-18 00:56:11


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