''Everyone who thinks Vianney is already well known will find not simply new information, but what has new meaning for each discoverer. That meaning may well differ for each reader. The descriptions of the Cure's encounters with Satan and ''his lesser angels'' and of the hours in the confessional were my own personal crucial rediscoveries. The retreat by Pope John Paul II given at Ars is an extraordinary bonus in this extraordinary work.... An important, fascinating work by an important, fascinating author.
''In the Cure of Ars, we have an incomparable guide. He remains for all an unequalled model both of the carrying out of the ministry and of the holiness of the minister.''
Pope John Paul II
''This is a very unusual, perhaps even a unique biography. Father Rutler does more than give the ''facts'' about the life of the Cure of Ars. With bold strokes, like a master Chinese calligrapher, he captures the spirit of the age in which he lived, unveils the sanctity of a humble parish priest, and gets to the heart of what it means to be a priest not just then, but now and for all time. Along the way Father Rutler brilliantly shows that the Cure of Ars is a priest for all seasons.''
Kenneth Baker, S.J. Editor, Homiletic and Pastoral Review