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St. John Vianney

Mt 14: 22-36

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 

And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 

He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 

When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. After the people of that place recognized him, they sent word throughout the region and brought all who were sick to him, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


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Humble Eyes on Jesus

Today is the Memorial of St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests. Born in France in 1786, Vianney was known as a simple and humble priest, if not much of a scholar.

There’s a story that the priests of John Vianney’s deanery sent around a petition asking the bishop to remove Vianney because he was such a “simpleton.” Apparently, someone forgot to take Vianney off the mailing list. When he received the petition, he added his own name! His humility won over other priests. And the truth is, as long as we are humble enough to laugh at ourselves we leave a space for God to enter our lives, with graces.

How does Peter miraculously defy the laws of physics? By keeping his eyes on Jesus. When he looks away into the storm, his fears rise and he starts to sink. But a humble heart reminds us what we do when our faith collapses. Like Peter, we cry out, “Lord, save us!” Jesus is quick to the rescue. We will never be overwhelmed with humble eyes set on him.

Joe Kraemer, SJ, is a scholastic of the Jesuits West Province who begins his second year of Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA this fall.

 


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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.

From St. John Vianney’s Prayer to Jesus


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August 04, 2020

Scripture

St. John Vianney

Mt 14: 22-36

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 

And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 

He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 

When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. After the people of that place recognized him, they sent word throughout the region and brought all who were sick to him, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


Ignatian Reflection

Humble Eyes on Jesus

Today is the Memorial of St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests. Born in France in 1786, Vianney was known as a simple and humble priest, if not much of a scholar.

There’s a story that the priests of John Vianney’s deanery sent around a petition asking the bishop to remove Vianney because he was such a “simpleton.” Apparently, someone forgot to take Vianney off the mailing list. When he received the petition, he added his own name! His humility won over other priests. And the truth is, as long as we are humble enough to laugh at ourselves we leave a space for God to enter our lives, with graces.

How does Peter miraculously defy the laws of physics? By keeping his eyes on Jesus. When he looks away into the storm, his fears rise and he starts to sink. But a humble heart reminds us what we do when our faith collapses. Like Peter, we cry out, “Lord, save us!” Jesus is quick to the rescue. We will never be overwhelmed with humble eyes set on him.

Joe Kraemer, SJ, is a scholastic of the Jesuits West Province who begins his second year of Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA this fall.

 


Prayer

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.

From St. John Vianney’s Prayer to Jesus

DAILY EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God’s presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

3. Pay attention to your emotions

God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

5. Look toward tomorrow

As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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