St. Vincent de Paul has become a “universal” figure, a polymorph or shape-shifter, if you will. As a classic figure, somewhat like Jesus in certain circles, he is represented in various guises: founder, saint, simultaneously traditional and modern, even a revolutionary. Just like Vincent de Paul, the somewhat universal figure, his sons have attempted to follow Christ the evangelizer of the poor. Some have been more successful than others. But I am proud to be among their number: rich or poor in virtue, rich or poor in commitment, rich or poor in initiative or inventiveness.
Rybolt, John E.
"Vincentian Social Justice: A Work in Progress,"
Journal of Vincentian Social Action: Vol. 2:
3, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholar.stjohns.edu/jovsa/vol2/iss3/6
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