Saint John Marie Vianney, who was adjudged as unintelligent proved to be a successful pastor. He led the people of Ars to repentance. The Church honoured him and promoted him to the rank of a Canon. We honour him on the altar as the patron and intercessor of priests. Hope and pray that this book published from Sehion Retreat Centre, in the year of priests, may help the children and youth to get attracted to the life of a priest and also to closely understand the Church and the saints.
This apostle from France is known as the martyr at the confessional and as the patron of priests. As a sign of respect to this Canon status recipient, the Catholic Church presented him the ‘Mozzetta’ [A short, cape-shaped garment, covering the shoulders and reaching only to the elbow, with an open front, which may be fastened by means of a row of small buttons; at the neck it has a very small and purely ornamental hood] usually authorized to be worn only by the Pope, Cardinals and Bishops. The emperor of France had bestowed on him the ‘Knight of the Legion of Honour’ status as a symbol of high respect to this saint. During the last ten years of his life, he spent sixteen to eighteen hours a day in the confessional. The world knelt before him, who was once tagged as an idiot.
This book is written by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil, the founder-director of Sehion Retreat Centre, of Palakkad Diocese. Fr. Xavier who has earned name and fame as an outstanding preacher of the Word of the Lord, Retreat Leader, television orator and organizer, is conducting many retreats for priests, nuns and believers in India and abroad. This book is prepared, aiming the spiritual salvation of children, and will motivate them to know and understand more about the Church and God.