ST VINCENT DE PAUL
June 18, 2015 — Leave a comment
St Vincent de Paul
24 April 1581-27 September 1660. He was a priest of the Catholic Church who dedicated himself to serving the poor. He venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church and the Anglican communion. He was canonised in 1737. He was renowned for his compassion,humility and generosity and is known as the great apostle of charity.
Beatification:13 August 1729 Rome.
Canonised:16 June 1737 Rome.
Major shrine: St. Vincent de Paul chapel Paris, France.
Feast day:27 of September.
Birthplace: Pouy, Gascony.
Parents:Father Jean and Mother Bertrande de Moras de Paul. Patron saint of: Charities, Hospitals, Leprosy, Madagascar, Prisoners.
In 1581, St. Vincent de Paul was born to poor farmers. He was the third son and learned how to tend the animals. His father thought this would be good for him, but Vincent was smart and everyone noticed. The neighbors convinced his father to send him to school and let one of his other brothers tend the animals. Therefore, Vincent went away to school. He got along very well and taught others. His teaching ability would become an asset to him and allow him many opportunities to bring others to Christ. Although, he lived almost 500 years ago, St. Vincent had a very interesting life. While making a journey by boat to a new city where he was assigned, St. Vincent was captured by pirates and sold into slavery. After years as a slave, his master decided to help him escape and chose to go with him. St. Vincent’s Christian example would lead his master to repent and return to the Catholic Church.
Everywhere St. Vincent lived and worked the example of his life would bring others to Christ. He was a tutor in a very rich household. He affected the parents of the children he tutored.One day, the father of his students was in church praying before going off to duel. St. Vincent convinced the father that taking another’s life in a duel was cruel and God did not approve. The father amended his ways and followed the example of St. Vincent. The father and mother became St. Vincent’s greatest supporters and after the mother’s death, the father would go on to become a priest.
Prayer to St. Vicent de Paul
O glorious Saint Vincent, heavenly patron of all charitable associations and father of all who are in misery, whilst thou wast on earth thou didst never cast out any who came to thee; ah, consider by what evils we are oppressed and come to our assistance! Obtain from thy Lord help for the poor, relief for the infirm, consolation for the afflicted, protection for the abandoned, a spirit of generosity for the rich, the grace of conversion for sinners, zeal for priests, peace for the Church, tranquillity and order for all nations, and salvation for them all. Yea, let all men prove the effects of thy merciful intercession, so that, being helped by thee in the miseries of this life, we may be united to thee in the life to come, where there shall be no more grief, nor weeping, nor sorrow, but joy and gladness and everlasting happiness. Amen