Saint Vincent de Paul

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Saint Vincent de Paul
Alan Pham
11/11/11
Confirmation 1

Table of Contents

Family……………………………………………………………………………………………..1 Occupation……………………………………………………………………………………...…2 Virtues……………………………………………………………………………………………..3 Aspect That Attracted Me………………………………………………………………………....4 How this Saint is a Model for Christians………………………………………………………….5 What I learned From This Saint…………………………………………………………………...6 How This Saint’s Life is Related to My Life……………………………………………………...7 Why I Chose This Saint…………………………………………………………………………...8 Bibliography………………………………………………………………………………………9

Family

Vincent de Paul lived in a religious pheasant family capable of making ends meet only through hard work and prudence. His father came from a family of famous country people, and his mother was the daughter of the owner of a small rural territory; the countryside was slowly recovering from destruction after the Thirty Years War. A paternal uncle, a canon, worked at a local hospice for travelers and poor pilgrims. His maternal uncles were judges, and his mother’s father owned a noble domain. His parents were very modest, but Vincent never mentioned this aspect of being a peasant. Saint Vincent’s father seemed to be the person in his family that had the biggest effect on him. Saint Vincent de Paul’s father was part of the reason Saint Vincent de Paul became successful. When Vincent was a child, his father had pushy plans for him. He was sent to the Franciscan School de Dax 5 kilometers away from de Pouy, the farming village of the region. Although Saint Vincent de Paul’s father helped a lot, Vincent thought of his father as poor, “As a young man, when my father took me to the city I was ashamed of going with him and of recognizing him as my father because he went poorly dressed and limped. I recall on one occasion in the school where I studies I was told my father came to see me, a poor farmer. I refused to go out and see him”.

Occupation

Before becoming a priest, which would make him a saint later, Saint Vincent de Paul studied humanities, a study that analyzes the human condition, in Dax, France, with the Cordeliers and he graduated in theology at Toulouse. Saint Vincent de Paul was a very intelligent man and asked many questions in this field. He studied this because he wanted to know what humans were capable off, which would help him in the long run to answer many questions like, “Why do people sin?” This knowledge would help him as a priest, showing him what is moral or immoral in the world. Saint Vincent de Paul’s father encouraged and helped him toward the priesthood, to which he was ordained on September 23, 1600, at the age of nineteen or twenty. It was there that he encountered the poor and the disabled of society. He didn’t care about riches anymore and dedicated his life to serving the poor. Saint Vincent de Paul founded the Congregation of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity, and to this day, both societies are dedicated to ease the sufferings of the poor. One of Saint Vincent de Paul’s main reasons to become a priest was get an office in the Church from which he could obtain enough money to retire early, return home, and provide for his family.

Virtues

There are many virtues Saint Vincent de Paul practiced, and one major virtue that Saint Vincent de Paul practiced was humility. Humility, for Saint Vincent de Paul, is the recognition that all good comes from God. He was open to every lesson life brought to him, learning from his mistakes, and was thankful for all the gifts he received, instead of being boastful. He writes to Firmin Get on March 8, 1658: "Let us no longer say: it is I who have done this good work; for every good thing ought to be done in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ ..." (VU, 98-99) and "Be very much on your guard against attributing anything to yourself. By doing so you would commit robbery and do injury to God, who alone is the author of every good thing," he...
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