News Item: : Finding New Heart!
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Monday 09 July 2012 - 17:30:27

As the relic of the heart of St. John Vianney returns to Ars, we can each take time to reflect on - what has been - an amazingly grace-filled week for England.

Everyone, who was involved in any way, will have their own particular memories of how this event has touched their hearts. And in the days and months ahead, further fruits may yet be drawn by taking the homilies and reflections of Bishop Mark Davies, from each of the venues of the visit, into times of silent prayer before the Lord. (These proclamations can be accessed from
A theme which particularly stands out for us, is the fact that His Lordship has consistently drawn attention to the fervent love of the Cure d'Ars for our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and how he faithfully led his people to love Him, Really Present in the Tabernacle.

In a similar manner, the Bishop has called the Catholics of England back to their true roots in reminding us not to rely on ourselves and by pointing each and all of us back to Jesus at the heart of our parishes.
And as St. John Vianney taught, without the priesthood there is no Real Presence in the Tabernacle. And how much we need priests to bring us the Divine Mercy of Christ in Confession and the other sacraments! There is a beautiful phrase of the holy Cure d'Ars on this theme, which has become immortalised by the Catechism of the Catholic Church; 'The Catholic priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus' (CCC 1589).

I was powerfully reminded of this on Friday night when I was praying before the relic of St. John Vianney's heart. My old seminary friend (now Fr.) Simon Firth came over to me in the pew. Because of the meandering pathways of this life, we had not actually seen each other since the night of our late friend Fr. Mike Williams' ordination to the priesthood in 2004 and I was given great heart when Fr. Simon firmly made the sign of the cross on my forehead and gave me his priestly blessing.

This moment brings to mind a phrase that Bishop Mark used in his homily at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, about our need for reliance on the Lord - rather than ourselves. He proclaimed that it is in this that we will find fresh heart.

There is much to be grateful to God for in light of this visit of the relic of the Cure d'Ars' miraculously incorrupt heart to England. Let us heed the call to repentance and holiness by placing ourselves lovingly before the Heart of Jesus in the Tabernacle and allowing Him to transform us from within by His infinite Power.

And let us each continue to pray to St. John Vianney for the key intentions of the visit; for priests and a renewal of the sacred priesthood; for the renewal of the life of Catholic parishes; and for new and generous vocations to the priesthood.

You might also take a moment to say a grateful prayer for Bishop Mark Davies and all that he is doing for the New Evangelization.

St. John Vianney - pray for us!  

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