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8/18/2010

Matthew John Vianney

Matthew John Vianney Horn
Born August 4, 2010

Matthew:
Meaning of his name: God's Gracious Gift


Today Matthew is two weeks old.

It's hard to believe that just a few weeks ago he was still in my womb, and now he is a vibrant newborn who is showered in love and attention by each of his siblings (especially his brothers).

Although there are many sacrifices that go into having a child (from labor & delivery to the first few weeks of sleepless nights), I cannot get over the feeling of having a brand new baby in our home. I love it! I love holding him, smelling him, listening to him breathe, and feeling his little heart beat when I hold him closely. It's an incredible feeling being entrusted such a small child who depends on you for everything. It is such a responsibility.....such an honor. I love him so much!

With each child I find myself falling more in love with my husband. It takes my breath away to watch Johnny with our children, especially a newborn. He is amazing with children. The way he whispers prayers into their ears or makes up songs for them or falls asleep with them in his arms. I am truly taken back by his love for them and I thank God for the gift of my amazing husband.



I also find myself falling more in love with my other children with the arrival of a new one. It's so incredible to watch each of them welcome in their own way their new sibling. Joshua is the big brother who jumps at every opportunity to hold Matthew. He wants to be right there whenever I give him a bath, change his clothes or pick him up after a nap.

Caleb loves to try to make Matthew smile, even though Matthew isn't smiling yet and Noah loves to shower Matthew with kisses and hugs. Each one seems to be enamored with Matthew in his own way and they continually talk about all the things that they want to teach him when he gets bigger.

Gianna is still warming up to Matthew, but she enjoys rocking him when he's in his carseat and she occassionally wants to give him a kiss on the forehead. However, it seems to take Gianna a long time to warm up to anyone, so I think she's doing well since he's only been home for two weeks.
Whenever I find out that I'm pregnant, I struggle for a while, often questioning God and trying to understand why His timing isn't in line with my timing. Then within the first week or so of having our new child at home, usually sometime in the middle of the night during a feeding, I hear God whisper in my heart his love story for my life that is confirmed by the all consuming love I am experiencing for this precious new life. As the tears pour down my face, I cry out to God and thank Him for this incredible gift, and I thank Him for working in me to bring forth this life despite my selfishness and my idea of timing. You would think that after 5 children I would trust that God knows what He is doing. When will I ever be able to just trust in Him completely? I pray that someday I may be able to, but for now I am just thankful that He chooses to override my will sometimes with His. Even though it takes a while to understand His plan, I'm starting to submit that He knows what is best.

Matthew John Vianney is an amazing little guy. Already we can tell that he is going to be pretty contemplative. He is a great baby. He sleeps well, loves to be held, and whenever he is awake appears to be in deep thought. I know that God has an incredible plan for his life and I am excited and honored to be his mother and to watch that plan unfold. Little Matthew, welcome to our family. We love you.


Here's a video I made of Matthew's Birth Day.






Information about St. John Vianney
(Matthew was born on his feast day - 5 days late, but worth it!)

The life of the Cure of Ars is a story that really shows that with God all things are possible. John Vianney was a famous confessor, and was loved and revered by his parishioners. People travelled for miles and stood for hours in the rain just to speak to him for a few minutes, or hear him preach.

Yet he almost didn't become a priest at all. First his father was reluctant to let him leave the family farm. Then he was conscripted into Napoleon's army, and by a series of mistakes was accused of deserting and had to hide for nearly two years. When he returned, he had terrible trouble with his studies, especially Latin. Then he failed the entrance exam for the seminary. When he was finally accepted into the seminary, he failed the final exams because he couldn't write well enough and became confused and tongue-tied in the oral exams.

It took a special appeal to the vicar-general of France to get permission to be ordained. The vicar-general asked "Is he pious?" Yes, he was undoubtedly pious. "Ordain him,' the vicar-general decided, "The grace of God will do the rest."

Father John Vianney was sent to Ars, a remote French village of some 40 houses. There, the work of God began. He hadn't been there long, when people heard about this new priest and began visiting from other parishes. He visited all the homes in Ars, performed penances for their souls, and helped the villagers with their everyday problems. Ars was soon transformed from a rough and rowdy place with four taverns and low church attendance to a pious and faithful village.

Famous for his skill as a confessor, Saint John Vianney's instructions were simple and clear. He used imagery drawn from daily life and country scenes to insturct and teach the penitents. It is recorded that even the staunchest of sinners were converted at his mere word. The miracles he performed fall into three categories: first, the obtaining of money for his charities and food for the orphans; secondly, supernatural knowledge of the past and future; thirdly, healing the sick, especially children. The greatest miracle of course is his life. Despite numerous obstacles, he fulfilled his heart's desire and became a priest. In addition, in carrying out his duties for forty years his food and sleep were insufficient to maintain health.

It wasn't all smooth and easy. Fellow priests envied his success and accused him of 'ostentatious poverty.' Parishioners, angered by the reform of the parish, vandalised his home and spread rumours about him. At nights, he was tormented by and wrestled with the devil. But he calmly, patiently and faithfully persisted in the life God had called him to and continued to serve his people.

By the end of his life, Saint John Vianney was visited by people from all over the world. He spent from 16 to 18 hours in the confessional each day, and survived on a few pieces of bread and a few hours of sleep. He performed miracles of aid and healing.

No-one who knew him as a child or young man would ever have expected John Vianney to amount to much - except God.

Saint John Vianney remains to this day the living image of the priest after the heart of Christ. He died on August 4, 1859 and was canonized on May 31 1925.
4 comments on "Matthew John Vianney"
  1. Lorissa,
    Your words here are amazing... truly inspiring! Thank you for sharing these moments, your thoughts, and emotions with us. We love you! God bless you,

    Brock

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  2. Beautiful babies, powerful words! Your love and trust in God is so awe inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Congratulations Lorissa! You have such a beautiful family!

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  4. Your video and your words are so beautiful. Today would have been my baby's due date (I've lost 4 babies to miscarriage...2 losses this year)and reading your words about God's timing is so true....and He does know what's best for us, even if we don't understand. You're an awesome, faithful woman and mother, Lorissa!
    God bless you and your beautiful family.

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