The Words of St. Vincent de Paul
(Taken from The Voice of the Saints,
compiled by Francis W. Johnston)
Human nature grows tired of always doing the same thing, and it is God's will that this should be so because of the opportunity of practicing two great virtues. The first is perseverance, which
will bring us to our goal. The other is steadfastness, which overcomes the difficulties along the way.
The more we conquer ourselves, the more He gives us of His grace; and if today we have had power to overcome one difficulty, tomorrow and the day after we shall be able to surmount others
that are much greater and more distressing.
We must love our neighbor as being made in the image of God
and as an object of His love.
Extend mercy toward others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His Mercy from us?
We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God.
Tolerance is an important part of charity. Without it, it is difficult for two persons to get on together. Moreover, tolerance is the bond of all friendship, and unites people in heart and opinion and action, not only with each other, but in unity with Our Lord, so that they may really be at peace.
It is on humble souls that God pours down His fullest light and
grace. He teaches them what scholars cannot learn, and mysteries that the wisest cannot solve He can make plain to them.
If we possessed every virtue, but lacked humility, those virtues would be without root and would not last.
Be careful to give no credit to yourself for anything; if you do,
you are stealing from God, to Whom alone every good thing is due.
What was the life of Christ but a perpetual humiliation?
Let us not deceive ourselves. If we do not have humility, we have nothing.
We must remember that all incapacity and distress is sent to us by God. Life and death, health and sickness, are all ordered by Him; and in whatever form they come, it is always to help us and for our good.
When we have once placed ourselves entirely in the hands of God, we need fear no evil. If adversity comes, He knows how to turn it to our advantage, by means which will in time be made clear to us.
St. Vincent de Paul
Vincent de Paul was a very Holy priest. He remembered how Our Lord loved the poor and worked for them. So he did all he could to make life sweet and easy for them. When he found poor children, he gave them food, clothing, toys, and his love. But always he told them about Jesus Christ. He told them that the
Savior was poor too, and loved the poor very deeply.