Saint Vincent De Paul

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St. Vincent was born of poor parents in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France, about 1580. He enjoyed his first schooling under the Franciscan Fathers at Acqs. Such had been his progress in four years that a gentleman chose him as subpreceptor to his children, and he was thus enabled to continue his studies without being a burden to his parents. In 1596, he went to the University of Toulouse for theological studies, and there he was ordained priest in 1600.

In 1605, on a voyage by sea from Marseilles to Narbonne, he fell into the hands of African pirates and was carried as a slave to Tunis. His captivity lasted about two years, until Divine Providence enabled him to effect his escape. After a brief visit to Rome he returned to France, where he became preceptor in the family of Emmanuel de Gondy, Count of Goigny, and General of the galleys of France. In 1617, he began to preach missions, and in 1625, he lay the foundations of a congregation which afterward became the Congregation of the Mission or Lazarists, so named on account of the Prioryof St. Lazarus, which the Fathers began to occupy in 1633.

It would be impossible to enumerate all the works of this servant of God. Charity was his predominant virtue. It extended to all classes of persons, from forsaken childhood to old age. The Sisters of Charity also owe the foundation of their congregation to St. Vincent. In the midst of the most distracting occupations his soul was always intimately united with God. Though honored by the great ones of the world, he remained deeply rooted in humility. The Apostle of Charity, the immortal Vincent de Paul, breathed his last in Paris at the age of eighty in 1660.  His feast day is September 27th. He is the patron of charitable societies.

St. Vincent De Paul is among the Incorruptibles. The Incorruptibles are Catholic Saints who’s bodies show no decay after their death. The Incorruptibles are a consoling sign of Christ’s victory over death, a confirmation of the dogma of the Resurrection of the Body, a sign that the Saints are still with us in the Mystical Body of Christ, as well as a proof of the truth of the Catholic Faith – for only in the Catholic Church do we find this phenomenon.

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  1. St Vincent De Paul pray for us and the whole world. Pray for the unbelievers and those Catholics to return back to the church. Amen.

  2. St. Vincent dePaul, you were endowed with the spiritual gifts of faith & charity. Please pray for your lowly wards on earth that we may receive such blessings and share of its fruits with all arround us that they may come to be convinced of the truths of the Faith and the Love of the Creator.

  3. St Vincent De Paul you support us with spiritual gifts,faith and charity, you are a blessings to us and one of the incorruptible Saints where your body is a witness to the holiness of our lord Jesus Christ. amen

  4. I was blessed to see a relic of his today by a pious couple And I had the joy of having the same pious couple pray for me and asking for his intercession for my pre-professional teacher volunteer work! 🙂 <3

  5. The Saint was a blessed man. He served both the poor and rich. Today, the rich relate with those in same class and the poor keep with de poor. The poor are marginalised and the little due to them is taken away. God help us to see your light.

  6. Dear St. Vincent de Paul, Please intercede for me to be charitable! To trust God to meet all my needs, and to give generously to those in need. AMEN

  7. Dear St. Vincent de Paul, Please pray for those afflicted by hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, as well as the earthquakes in Mexico. And finally please pray for us to be generous in our help and donations for our brothers and sisters in those places. Thank you for everything you have done, and continue to do for us. AMEN!

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