Thursday, July 21, 2011

When Saints Help Saints

How St. Vincent de Paul came to the rescue.
I have long believed that saints, like the fruit of the vine, grow in clusters. The history of the saints in every age bears this out. Saint Vincent de Paul was no exception. He was in relation with a myriad of other holy souls of France's Grand Siècle, the age of what Henri Brémond called her "mystical invasion."
The ravages of The Thirty Years War in Mother Mectilde's native Lorraine stirred Saint Vincent de Paul to an active compassion. He sent out priests belonging to his Congregation of the Mission to bring relief to those distressed by the war, those turned out of their homes and reduced to a miserable poverty. (Read entire article.)

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