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Saint Vincent de Paul
Magnificat ^ | September 27, 2001 | Lives of the Saints(Staff)

Posted on 09/27/2001 7:07:33 PM PDT by Lady In Blue

Lives of the Saints,Saint Vincent de Paul

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Spiritual Bouquet: In My Father's house there are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for you. St. John 14:2"Saint Vincent de Paul"

Founder of the Lazarist Fathers
and the Daughters of Charity


Saint Vincent was born in 1576 near Dax, south of Bordeaux, of a poor family which survived by means of their labor. It seemed that “mercy was born with him.” When sent by his father to the mill to procure flour, if he met a poor man coming home, he would open the sack and give him handfuls of flour when he had nothing else. His Christian father was not angry; seeing his good dispositions, he was sure his son should become a priest, and placed him as a boarding student with a group of religious priests in Dax. Vincent made rapid progress, and after seven years of studying theology at Toulouse and in Saragossa, Spain, was ordained a priest in 1600. He always concealed his learning and followed the counsel of Saint Paul who said, “I have wanted to know nothing in your midst but Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ crucified.”

Soon after his ordination, he was captured by corsairs and sold as a slave in Tunisia. He converted his renegade master, and escaped with him to France. Then, after a time of study in Rome, he returned to Paris and took for his spiritual director Abbé de Berulle, a famous director of souls. This servant of God saw in him a priest called to render outstanding service to the Church, and to found a community of priests who would labor for its benefit. He told Saint Vincent this, that he might prepare himself insofar as was humanly possible. When Saint Vincent was appointed chaplain-general of the galleys of France, his tender charity brought hope into those prisons where hitherto despair had reigned. When a mother mourned her imprisoned son, Vincent put on his chains and took his place at the oar, and gave him to his mother.

His charity embraced the poor, the young and the aged, the provinces desolated by civil war, Christians enslaved by the infidels. The poor man, ignorant and degraded, was to him the image of Him who became as “a leper and no man.” “Turn the medal,” he said, “and you will see Jesus Christ.” He went through the streets of Paris at night, seeking the infants and children left there to die — three or four hundred every year. Once robbers rushed upon him, thinking he carried a treasure, but when he opened his cloak, they recognized him and his burden, an abandoned infant, and fell at his feet. Not only was Saint Vincent the providence of the poor, but also of the rich, for he taught them to undertake works of mercy. When in 1648 the work of the foundlings was in danger of failure for want of funds, he assembled the ladies of the Association of Charity, and said, “Compassion and charity have made you adopt these little creatures as your children. You have been their mothers according to grace, when their own mothers abandoned them. Will you now cease to be their mothers? Their life and death are in your hands. I shall take your votes; it is time to pronounce sentence.” The tears of the assembly were his only answer, and the work was continued.

The Priests of the Mission or Lazarists, as they are called, and thousands of the Daughters of Charity still comfort the afflicted with the charity of their holy Founder. It has been said of him that no one has ever verified more perfectly than Saint Vincent, the words of Our Lord: “He who humbles himself shall be exalted...” The more he strove to abase himself in the eyes of all, the more God took pleasure in elevating him and bestowing His blessings on him and on all his works. He died in 1660, in an old age made truly golden by his unceasing good works.

Reflection: Most people who profess piety ask advice of directors about their prayers and spiritual exercises. Few inquire whether they are not in danger of damnation from neglect of works of charity. Let us never forget the terrible foretold words of the Final Judge: “Depart from me, workers of iniquity; I was hungry, and you did not feed Me; I was without shelter, you did not take Me in...; I was sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me, etc.” (Cf. Matt. 26:31-46)

Sources: Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 8; Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints, and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894).

Saint Vincent de Paul's feast day is today, September 27th.
1 posted on 09/27/2001 7:07:33 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: Lady In Blue
thanks so much! We have an older Butler's Lives and it is not totally up to date; we had to read Cosmas & Damien today instead. I will read this to the kids tonight!
2 posted on 09/27/2001 7:14:17 PM PDT by Temple Drake
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To: Temple Drake
You're welcome Temple Drake! I started to post something of Sts.Cosmas and Damian yesterday but so much is going on in the news that I didn't get around to it.
3 posted on 09/27/2001 8:18:40 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: Lady In Blue

BTTT on 09-27-04

4 posted on 09/27/2004 5:27:44 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Let's try another bump.

5 posted on 09/27/2004 5:31:48 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue

I do some work for the St. Vincent dePaul society.

I appreciate the background info. Thanks.

6 posted on 09/27/2004 5:33:24 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Lady In Blue

I didn't realize that St. Vincent de Paul founded the Daughters of Charity! I learn something new every day, here.

7 posted on 09/27/2004 5:39:48 AM PDT by SuziQ (Bush in 2004-Because we MUST!!!)
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To: kidd

The St. Vincent center in Detroit hosts a legal aid clinic by the local chapter of the Christian Legal Society. I put in a couple hours a month there. The center does great work.

8 posted on 09/27/2004 5:43:29 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Lady In Blue

Thank you.

9 posted on 09/27/2004 5:44:00 AM PDT by freeangel (freeangel)
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To: Larry Lucido

Outstanding. I wish I could do more. Most of the recipients are in genuine need of the charity and are quite appreciative.

10 posted on 09/27/2004 6:06:53 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Larry Lucido; kidd
I too am a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul society out in rural Georgia. Ours is one of the main numbers that help lines give to the needy in our area. We run out of funds pretty quick each week but we help many. And those we can't offer financial assistance to we always offer food and prayers.

I admit I'm not the best at talking with people, finding out what they need and consoling them. My wife helps alot in that area. But the truth is that I've been in such poor financial, spiritual straits at points in my life that even a complete idiot that was driven by the Spirit to help me would of made all the difference in the world.

So even if you doubt your ability to help the needy, the Spirit and God's grace will be all you need to make a positive difference in their lives. You will be surprised and overjoyed at the good you can do for others.

11 posted on 09/27/2004 6:25:50 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: Lady In Blue

I appreciate the reminder.

12 posted on 09/27/2004 6:28:38 AM PDT by kassie ("It's the soldier who allows freedom of speech, not the reporter..")
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To: Lady In Blue

BTTT on the Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul, September 27, 2005!

13 posted on 09/27/2005 8:33:44 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue

BTTT on the Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul, September 27, 2006!

14 posted on 09/27/2006 10:17:08 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue
St. Vincent dePaul

St. Vincent de Paul
Feast Day: September 27, 2007

The deathbed confession of a dying servant opened Vincent's eyes to the crying spiritual needs of the peasantry of France. This seems to have been a crucial moment in the life of the man from a small farm in Gascony, France, who had become a priest with little more ambition than to have a comfortable life.

     It was the Countess de Gondi (whose servant he had helped) who persuaded her husband to endow and support a group of able and zealous missionaries who would work among the poor, the vassals and tenants and the country people in general.

     Vincent was too humble to accept leadership at first, but after working for some time in Paris among imprisoned galley-slaves, he returned to be the leader of what is now known as the Congregation of the Mission, or the Vincentians. These priests, with vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and stability, were to devote themselves entirely to the people in smaller towns and villages.
     Later Vincent established confraternities of charity for the spiritual and physical relief of the poor and sick of each parish. From these, with the help of St. Louise de Marillac, came the Daughters of Charity, "whose convent is the sickroom, whose chapel is the parish church, whose cloister is the streets of the city." He organized the rich women of Paris to collect funds for his missionary projects, founded several hospitals, collected relief funds for the victims of war and ransomed over 1,200 galley slaves from North Africa. He was zealous in conducting retreats for clergy at a time when there was great laxity, abuse and ignorance among them. He was a pioneer in clerical training and was instrumental in establishing seminaries.
     Most remarkably, Vincent was by temperament a very irascible person—even his friends admitted it. He said that except for the grace of God he would have been "hard and repulsive, rough and cross." But he became a tender and affectionate man, very sensitive to the needs of others.
     Pope Leo XIII made him the patron of all charitable societies. Outstanding among these, of course, is the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, founded in 1833 by his admirer Blessed Frederic Ozanam.


The Church is for all God's children, rich and poor, peasants and scholars, the sophisticated and the simple. But obviously the greatest concern of the Church must be for those who need the most help—those made helpless by sickness, poverty, ignorance or cruelty. Vincent de Paul is a particularly appropriate patron for all Christians today, when hunger has become starvation, and the high living of the rich stands in more and more glaring contrast to the physical and moral degradation in which many of God's children are forced to live.


"Strive to live content in the midst of those things that cause your discontent. Free your mind from all that troubles you, God will take care of things. You will be unable to make haste in this [choice] without, so to speak, grieving the heart of God, because he sees that you do not honor him sufficiently with holy trust. Trust in him, I beg you, and you will have the fulfillment of what your heart desires" (St. Vincent de Paul, Letters).

15 posted on 09/27/2007 9:25:26 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue
Today's Saint

St. Vincent de Paul

September 27th, 2008 by Saints Editor 

Where Charity and Love Prevail, there is God

The name of the French priest St. Vincent de Paul (priest and founder) is today synonymous with charitable activities on behalf of the poor. Vincent was born c. 1580, the son of a peasant farmer, and was ordained at the relatively early age of twenty. For the next ten years, Fr. Vincent was content with an unchallenging, comfortable life in the bosom of the Church.

However, he came under the influence of the saintly priest Fr. de Berulle, and began to work among the poor. Their material and spiritual needs moved Vincent profoundly, and from then on he devoted himself to serving the forgotten members of society. Fr. Vincent arranged for groups of lay persons to minister to the poor, and in 1625 he founded the Congregation of the Mission (also known as the Vincentians), a group of priests who dedicated themselves to working with people in small towns and villages.

In 1633 Vincent, along with St. Louise de Marillac, founded a congregation of religious women known as the Daughters of Charity. Vincent’s generosity and goodness attracted many people, and he had little difficulty finding helpers for his ministry.

A gentle manner was not something that came easily to him, however; he had a severe temper, and stated that, without the grace of God, he would have been “hard and repulsive, rough and cross.” St. Vincent de Paul died in Paris in 1660, and was canonized in 1737. Pope Leo XIII made him the patron of all charitable activities in the Church, particularly the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which was founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam.

16 posted on 09/27/2008 10:22:35 AM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Lady In Blue
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
July 19, St Vincent de Paul, Confessor (1962 Missal and Kalendar)
Saint Vincent de Paul - Founder Of The Vincentians
Saint Vincent de Paul
17 posted on 09/27/2010 3:36:22 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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