Changed Times, Unchanging Faith, Unchanging Priesthood, Unchanging Identity of the Parish
What St. John Vianney achieved, can be achieved all over again if of course “the formula” is used.
The formula is still valid because even though time rolls onwards, man remains a fallen son of Adam whose chief problem is sin; Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever; the priest is always the mediator of the sacraments of salvation; he is ever “the shepherd and guardian of your souls” (1 Peter 2:25)
And the essence of the priest’s mission and the parish’s function remains unchanging: to make God present in the soul of every man, woman and child therein.
For after all, what is the parish except a school of sanctity?
Is this not the very reason for its existence and for all its structures and activities?
Is it not within this most important school that the priest is called to be teacher of the Faith, teacher of holiness, surgeon of souls? As Henri Ghéon wrote about the prince of pastors, St. John Vianney: