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Monday, August 3, 2009

Saintly inspiration

Tomorrow is a big day in the Year for Priests — the feast day of St. John Vianney, the patron of the world's priests. 

But as Pope Benedict XVI pointed out in his Angelus on Sunday, the humble Cure of Ars is not the only holy person with an August feast day who can serve as a model to today's priests. The pontiff mentioned St. Alphonsus Liguori (Aug. 1),  St. Cajetan of Thiena (Aug. 7) and St. Dominic (Aug. 8). 

Giving a more recent model, Pope Benedict noted the anniversary of Pope Paul VI's death on Aug. 6. "His life, so profoundly priestly and so rich in humanity, remains in the Church a gift for which to thank God," the pope said. "May the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, aid priests to be totally in love with Christ, following the examples of these models of priestly holiness.”  

Click HERE to read the Catholic News Agency's story about the angelus.

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