Tuesday, May 24, 2011

This is St. Vincent de Paul...

"It is our duty to prefer the service of the poor to everything else and to offer such service as quickly as possible. If a needy person requires medicine or other help during prayer time, do whatever has to be done with peace of mind. Offer the deed to God as your prayer … charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity."

~ St Vincent de Paul

St Vincent de Paul devoted his life to the service of others. He is the apostle of charity for the universal Church. The 1991 edition of the Manual of the Society of St Vincent de Paul says ‘… to give oneself to God and to serve him in the person of the poor were the strictly inseparable aims of religious groups which Vincent stablished in his own time. These too are objectives of the St Vincent de Paul Society, founded almost two centuries after the saint’s death but patterned upon his ideals and lifestyle.’

From www.vinnies.org.au / Passion for Justice

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