Thursday, August 27, 2009

Saint Vincent de Paul quotes to ponder

Saint Vincent de Paul (April 24, 1581 - September 27, 1660) was a Roman Catholic priest who helped found many charitable organizations. Today, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is named in honor of this priest who fought to improve the quality of life for the poor.

Here are a couple of his quotes:

"The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it."

~ As quoted in A Year with the Saints (1891) by Anonymous

"You will find out that Charity is a heavy burden to carry, heavier than the kettle of soup and the full basket. But you will keep your gentleness and your smile. It is not enough to give soup and bread. This the rich can do. You are the servant of the poor, always smiling and good-humored. They are your masters, terribly sensitive and exacting master you will see. And the uglier and the dirtier they will be, the more unjust and insulting, the more love you must give them. It is only for your love alone that the poor will forgive you the bread you give to them."

~ As quoted in Homelessness in America: A Forced March to Nowhere (1982)

The Society's L.A. Council, which serves the counties of L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara, have more than 2,000 dedicated 'Vincentian' volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who continue St. Vincent de Paul's mission to this day. We thank God for their kindness and tireless efforts.

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