The Two Vianneys of My Life

St. John Vianney and Jonel Vianney Esto
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Saint John Vianney and my son Jonel Vianney

Saint John Vianney has been my hero since my childhood. He was a holy priest in a small county in France called “Ars”. He lived a simple life and found no pleasure in foods and other earthly pleasures. He heard confession more than 12 hours a day and he could read the hearts and mind of the penitents. Many sinners were converted during his ministry. This was the reason why he was called “The Cure of Ars”. He died 1859 and canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1925. He is a patron of confessors and the patron of parish priests.

At one point in my life I wanted to follow his footsteps and desired to be a priest. However, I was called instead to bring up a family of my own with souls to protect and guide. My wife and I got married in 2014 and shortly after that our first child, a boy, was conceived. I told my wife about Saint John Vianney and how he changed my life for good. It did not take much to convince her and she willfully agreed to honor God by naming our son with a name of one of his holy saints.

So this is our son, “Uno” (his nickname). He is five years of age now. He is struggling socially with Autism Spectrum Syndrome but he is improving day by day. Thanks to my wife’s untiring efforts and the intercessions of Saint John Vianney.

Saint John Vianney, please continue to pray for our Uno and all of us!

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