Saint for the Day - July 19 - St. Vincent of Paul
St. Vincent was born in
1576. In after-years, when adviser of the queen and
oracle of the Church in France, he loved to recount
how, in his youth, he had guarded his father's pigs.
Soon after his ordination he was captured by
corsairs, and carried into Barbary. He converted his
renegade master, and escaped with him to France.
Appointed chaplain-general of the galleys of France,
his tender charity brought hope into those prisons
where hitherto despair had reigned. 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, young and
old, provinces desolated by civil war, Catholics
enslaved by the infidel. 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 then will see Jesus Christ." He went
through the streets of Paris at night, seeking the
children who were left there to die.
Once robbers rushed upon him, thinking he carried a
treasure, but when he opened his cloak, they
recognized him and his burden, and fell at his feet.
Not only was St. Vincent the saviour of the poor,
but also of the rich, for he taught them to do works
of mercy. When the work for the foundlings was in
danger of failing from want of funds, he assembled
the ladies of the Association of Charity. He bade
his most fervent daughters be present to give the
spur to the others. Then he 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. Cease to be their mothers, that you may become
their judges; their life and death are in your
hands. I shall now take your votes: it is time to
pronounce sentence" The tears of the assembly were
his only answer, and the work was continued. The
Society of St. Vincent, the Priests of the Mission,
and 25,000 Sisters of Charity still comfort the
afflicted with the charity of St. Vincent of Paul.
He died in 1660.
Saint for the Day - St. Vincent of Paul
Read about the Saint for today - July 19 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
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
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