Click here to download and listen to this homily (7 minutes) given by Fr Thomas Weise at St Catherine of Siena parish in Petersburg, Alaska. St John Vianney (1786-1859), just barely having completed seminary, is the patron Saint of parish priests. As the pastor of a town of 250 souls he would have died in obscurity if hadn't had a gift for hearing confessions. In the winter he would hear confessions for 10-12 hours daily and 15-18 hrs in the summer. There were special trains to bring penitents to Ars to confess their sins and receive absolution.
Readings: Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24; Psalm 69; Matthew 14:1-12