Few saints have been as active as Vincent de Paul (1581-1660). Even if we highlight only his principal accomplishments, the list is stunning. His spirituality was the driving force that enflamed his everyday activity. For Vincent de Paul, a single focus inspired everything: the person of Jesus. “Jesus Christ is the Rule of the Mission,”5 (Vincent DePaul, n.d.,12:110) he told his followers. Jesus was to be the center of their life and activities. Vincent organized and formed others for the service of the poor. With remarkable creativity, confronting the needs at hand, he founded the Confraternities of Charity, the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity. There is something wonderfully liberating about being a servant of the poor and living in simplicity, humility and charity. Vincent was so deeply convinced of this that he called his followers to make those values the core of their lives.
Maloney, Robert P.
"FIRE WITHIN: The Spirituality that Sparked the Works of St. Vincent de Paul,"
Journal of Vincentian Social Action: Vol. 2:
3, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholar.stjohns.edu/jovsa/vol2/iss3/5
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