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St. John Vianney, in Dardilly (France)
The farm where the “Curé d’Ars” was born and spent the first 20 years of his life still belongs to descendants of the family, and is open to pilgrims. Nothing has changed after more than 200 years. You can visit the stone-paved family room, the scullery, the master bedroom where the saint was born, the stable and the bakery. The rustic furniture has been conserved as well, including the clock under which John Vianney make his first confession. The clock chimes every hour on the hour, and during the process of investigation for St. John’s beatification, his sister said, “When it rang the hour, he never failed to say the prayer that our mother had taught us: Blessed be God! Courage, my soul: time passes and eternity draws near; let us live like we are going to die. Then he would say a Hail Mary.”

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