Vocation View: Inspired by Saint John Vianney Relic


Column by Father Matthew Reese
Diocesan Director of Vocations

When experiencing a spiritually euphoric moment like we just experienced with the visitation of the Heart Relic of Saint John Vianney, it becomes a challenge for us to sustain that level of spiritual bliss.  Our human nature is not yet ready for the infinite glory of God, but that does not mean that we cannot make long strides in our journey of faith to the heavenly kingdom.

 We know that by reading scripture that God listens to the cry of His people.  All of those prayer intentions that we offered to God while in the presence of the Heart Relic will not go unheard.  How many of you prayed for more priests to be raised up in this Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown?  How many of you prayed for the sanctification of the priests who still serve us daily?  Do you think that God would ignore such a plea made from the depths of our hearts?

There are many reasons why this visitation of the Heart Relic is and has been so very important for our Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.  The purpose of my article is to focus on the aspect of priestly vocations.  Certainly, this is an area where we need strength and renewal.  It is my prayer that at the Cathedral on that day several young men heard within their own hearts and souls God’s voice speaking to them, and that they may be inspired by the life that Saint John Vianney lived.