St. John Marie Vianney, the quintessential Pastor, the patron saint of parish priests, reminds me of the long hours spent in the confessional box. He was extraordinary and astute. Even the slightest of sins many of us take for granted is a big deal and never ran short of words. He was tough and regularly made sacrifices for the sins of his people, a strong indication of his sincerity. Sometime ago, a comment was made that the modern times needed more Thomas Aquinas than the likes of St. John Marie Vianney. I don’t know about that but they both have phenomenal contributions in their times, whose example continually served as inspiration for many theologically conservative, pastorally sensitive young priests, myself included. Amen.