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The Cure D'Ars : St. Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney Paperback – March 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books; New edition edition (March 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895550202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895550200
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Abbe Francois Trochu is the author of the biographies The Cure d'Ars: St. Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney and St. Bernadette Soubirous. His work on the Cure d'Ars was originally published in 1927 by Burns, Oates and Washbourne. In this definitive biography, Abbe Trochu compiled a great number of extraordinary facts about the saint, based on his life and vocation. It was written using the records and documents of the Church as a guide and presents a vivid and accurate picture of one of the most beloved saints of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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At 628 pages it is quite long but well worth the read.
Mark Ronan
It is a well-documented thorough portrait of a most remarkable saint placed in a historical context.
derek
I would recommend this book because it is well written, balanced and accessible to most readers.
Daniel Perron

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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2002
"In the span of nearly 50 years of priesthood, what is still the most important and most sacred moment for me is the celebration of the Eucharist. My awareness of celebrating in persona Christi at the altar prevails. Never in the course of these years have I failed to celebrate the Most Holy Sacrifice. If this has occurred, it has been due entirely to reasons independent of my will. Holy Mass is the absolute center of my life and of every day of my life. It is at the heart of the theology of the priesthood, a theology I learned not so much from text books as from living examples of holy priests. First and foremost, from the holy Cure of Ars, Jean Marie Vianney. Still today I remember his biography written by Fr. Trochu, which literally overwhelmed me."  (English text of the address given at the International Symposium on the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Promulgation of the Conciliar Decree Presbyterorum Ordinis on Friday, October 27, 1995. Text acquired from L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly English Edition.) Text can also be viewed at the Vatican web site.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2001
The definitive life, based on the official "Process of Beatification and Canonization," and thus totally factual and documented. Of humble education and assigned to a forgotten farmers' village, he attracted the whole world to Ars and was proclaimed "Patron Saint of Parish Priests" in 1929. Ate one meal a day, slept only a few hours a night, heard confessions up to 17 hours a day, converted thousands. His body remains incorrupt. A grace-filled story of total love of God!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 1997
St. John Vianney captured my mind, heart, and soul, as a person who struggled life long to bring goodness to the people of Ars. His simplicity of life, acceptance of his limited natural knowledge, drew people all over France to his confessional. He was a seer of souls, and a guide for the down trodden, neglected, broken people of God.
His simplicity of life, child like faith, won over the generosity of the rich so as to provide for the ragged, neglected, and impoverished children of Ars and the surrounding villages.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Perron on January 15, 2007
Often books about saints are so full of fanciful musings and imaginings that it is difficult to decode fact from fiction. This book is based on the research proceedings and interviews of witnesses for the canonization of St. Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney. The book examines the life of the saint through the eyes of those who lived and interacted with him on a daily basis and recounts stories based on theirs shared experiences of the man. The author presents the reader with documented accounts much like what one would hear from witnesses recounting events that had taken place in a court of law. This gives the book a certain authenticity. Clearly, the author has a tremendous amount of respect for the Cure d'Ars but I think that it is the result of what he has uncovered in the collected documents of the saint's life rather than the musings of a man who out of an admiration for a saint, whose life is documented only through fanciful stories based on hearsay or legends, has written a text that is difficult to accept because of the lack of evidence for what is being presented. I would recommend this book because it is well written, balanced and accessible to most readers. I also find that you will get of fairly clear picture of who the Cure of Ars was, how he lived and what he accomplished over the course of his relatively long life. He was truly a remarkable man!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By derek on January 20, 2006
What makes this such an amazing and enthralling book is not just the unbelievable life of this humble priest---but the quotes and thoughts of those around him; many impressions from those who knew and worked with him, etc...It also documents extremely well the historical backdrop of France in the eighteenth century; what was going on at the time; how the Church was persecuted, innocent priests guillotined by the savage Revolution; how the Church had to go underground. It was forbidden to say Mass and any priest doing so was punished; families harboring priests were likewise punished. It is a well-documented thorough portrait of a most remarkable saint placed in a historical context. It is engrossing, fascinating and inspiring.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Batcho on January 27, 2009
Abbe' Francis Trochu has presented in words printed in pages of a book, the life of a "man of faith in God" - Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney, or better known as Saint John Vianney, the Cure of Ars.

Father John Vianney was an unpretentious spiritual man and priest, pastoring the small village patish of Ars, in France. Yet, people flocked to be in his presence and listen to his words and share in his celebration of the Holy Mass. Saint John Vianney's ministry became the catalyst to numerous "life conversions" . . . to repentences . . . to acts of contrition and sorrow for sins . . . to confessions and penance . . . he is known as the patron saint of confession.

Reading, Abbe' Trochu's recounting of the life of Saint John brings "us" into his spiritual presence where he beomes that very same catalyst inspiring and moving us to "convert and repent and reconsider our lives . . . to redirect our attention to God and His ways rather than those of "man". We will be impressed with the phenomena which accompanied and plagued this humble pius priest, but those, as dramatic as they are and were, only serve to underscore the more important and real spiritual reality of Jesus' proclamation of the presence of the Kingdom of God and His call to repentance (one of Pope John Paul II's Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary meditation points). Saint John didn't just "preach" repentance, but he lived a life of penance.
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