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The Cross of Father DiAngelo

August 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Aridity or Dryness, Dark Night, Liz Estler, The Cross, Videos

The Cross of Father DiAngelo
Memorial of Saint John Vianney


In honor of the Memorial of Saint John Vianney, who was known as the “Curé d’Ars”, today we present a video written, narrated and composed by Richard K. Carlton. Saint John Vianney lived a life of mortification and is the patron of priests, pastors and confessors. In his preparation for the priesthood, he had difficulty with his studies. He founded an orphanage for destitute girls, which closed in 1847, although it was his favorite work. But, his primary labor was that of directing souls — and, therefore, he JohnVianneymakes a great subject of this meditation today, given that our site is specifically dedicated to spiritual direction.

His direction was characterized by common sense, remarkable insight, and supernatural knowledge. He would sometimes divine sins withheld in an imperfect confession. His instructions were simple in language, full of imagery drawn from daily life and country scenes, but breathing faith and that love of God which was his life principle… (New Advent Website)

This moving video gives us a look at the Cross, the dark night…as experienced by a priest, and even lay people as well. (In the recitation, the words “Dios mío, ¿donde estás?” mean “My God, where are you?”)

Video by Richard Keith Carlton, used with permission.


Art: John Vianney, artist unknown, undated, PD-US author’s life plus 70 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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Editor, Liz holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Degree (St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts), Liturgy Certificate (Boston Archdiocese), and a BS degree in Biology and Spanish (Nebraska Wesleyan University - Lincoln). She has served as hospital chaplain associate, sacristan, translator and in other parish ministries. She was a regular columnist for a military newspaper in Europe and has been published in a professional journal. She once waded in the Trevi Fountain!

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  • Joan

    Thank you Liz. A great reminder of how much our priests, young and old, need our prayers.

    • LizEst

      You’re welcome, Joan. To God be the glory! Yes, let us pray much for all our priests. Father Jacques Hamel, pray for us!

  • Judy Silhan

    Beautiful. Reminds me to be ever appreciative of my Spiritual Director being there every week, because, he says – “It’s what I am supposed to do;” my pastor, tired from having the responsibility of building our new church; my priest friend of over 30 years, who, at age 81, is retired, but still celebrates Mass at different parishes on weekends, to help, takes men from drug rehab and ex-prisoners on cultural outings every Saturday evening, works with the homeless each week; and finally a missionary priest I met yesterday who is here from Brazil, has been working there 48 years, and celebrates 50 years of dedicated service to our Lord this month.

    I am truly blessed to know these blessed men who follow in the steps of St. John Vianney.

  • DianeVa

    Beautiful video and reflection on the burden of sin that is placed upon and humbly taken up by the priest in persona Christi. Let us pray for more holy priests willing to devote hours in the confessional for the salvation of our world.

  • Cathy

    Beautiful! God Bless all of our priest!

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