St. John Vianney would often say: "Private prayer is like straw scattered here and there: If you set it on fire, it makes a lot of little flames. But gather these straws into a bundle and light them, and you get a mighty fire, rising like a column into the sky; public prayer is like that."
The Cure of Ars would himself reflect that not all saints started well. But they all finished well, and however we may have started we must finish well - we must all of us in the end finish as saints.
In the fields outside the village on his way to Ars, St John Vianney came across his first parishioner, a young shepherd boy by the name of Antoine Givre. St John Vianney asked him if he could show the way to Ars :
' My young friend, " You have shown me the way to Ars; I shall show you the way to Heaven. "
On October 3, 1873, Pope Pius IX proclaimed Fr. Vianney as "venerable" and on January 8, 1905, Pope Pius X beatified him. St. John Vianney was canonized on May 31, 1925. His feast day was declared August 4.