Saints in Mercy
The Apostle of Charity
We continue our Saints in Mercy series this week with St. Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent was born of poor parents in the village of Pouy in Gascony, France, about 1580. In 1597, he began his studies in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Toulouse. The atmosphere at the university was anything but pious or conducive to spiritual contemplation. Fights broke out between various factions of students which escalated into armed battles.
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|Fill Your Heart with Faces & Names!|
“Every human being is the object of God’s infinite tenderness, and he himself is present in their lives. Jesus offered his precious blood on the cross for that person. Appearances notwithstanding, every person is immensely holy and deserves our love. Consequently, if I can help at least one person to have a better life, that already justifies the offering of my life. It is a wonderful thing to be God’s faithful people. We achieve fulfillment when we break down walls and our heart is filled with faces and names!
- Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium
Reflection: Our lives are amazing gifts, especially when we give them to others. Think about one small but merciful action you can make today that could brighten someone’s day. Fill your heart with faces and names!