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The Life of St. Vincent de Paul
as Parable
The
Beginnings:
1581-1609
Dealing with our roots and shame
The	
  Word:	
  
Mark	
  5:25-­‐34;	
  	
  
2	
  Corinthians	
  4:5-­‐15	
  
•  Born	
  i...
The poverty of our first motives
The	
  Word:	
  
Mark	
  10:35-­‐45	
  
•  Vincent	
  ordained	
  September	
  23,	
  160...
“The disfigured and desolated . . .
Holy Spouse of the Savior”	
  
v  1597:	
  “Over	
  one	
  hundred	
  
and	
  forty	
...
Dealing with scandal
v  1600-­‐1604:	
  Returned	
  to	
  
Toulouse	
  to	
  pursue	
  
baccalaureate	
  in	
  theology	
...
The
Formative
Years:
1609-1617
Vital importance of a good spiritual
director and friend
v  1608:	
  arrives	
  in	
  Paris	
  seeking	
  a	
  
benefice;	...
The process of metanoia, conversion
v  1610:	
  becomes	
  almoner	
  for	
  
Marguerite	
  de	
  Valois,	
  
repudiated	...
Learning to honor the many gifts of the
Body of Christ
v  1612:	
  becomes	
  pastor	
  of	
  small	
  
parish	
  of	
  C...
Walking in faith, taking things one step
at a time
1612-­‐1617:	
  begins	
  residing	
  at	
  home	
  
of	
  Philippe-­‐E...
Apostolic
Fruitfulness:
1617-1660
Attentiveness to detail,
“events and circumstances”
v  1617:	
  death	
  bed	
  
confession	
  of	
  farmer	
  in	
  
Gan...
The Reign of God comes slowly
v  Lent	
  1617:	
  flees	
  to	
  Cha9llon-­‐les-­‐Dombes	
  from	
  the	
  de	
  Gondi	
  ...
The	
  first	
  Rule	
  –	
  and	
  all	
  subsequent	
  Rules	
  -­‐-­‐	
  of	
  the	
  
Confraternity	
  of	
  Charity	
 ...
The Central Place of the Poor
v  1623:	
  returns	
  for	
  visit	
  to	
  Pouy;	
  renounces	
  all	
  
desire	
  for	
 ...
Overwhelming importance of example
and witness of life
v  1619:	
  mee9ng	
  St.	
  Francis	
  de	
  Sales	
  	
  	
  
v...
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Key teaching moments in the life of St. Vincent de Paul.

St. Vincent's Life As Parable

  1. 1. The Life of St. Vincent de Paul as Parable
  2. 2. The Beginnings: 1581-1609
  3. 3. Dealing with our roots and shame The  Word:   Mark  5:25-­‐34;     2  Corinthians  4:5-­‐15   •  Born  in  Pouy,  France,  third  of   six  children  of  poor,  peasant   family     •  April  24,  1581   •  Studies  humani9es  in  Dax,   theology  in  Toulouse   •  1595-­‐1600   •  Shame  over  father  and  humble   origins  
  4. 4. The poverty of our first motives The  Word:   Mark  10:35-­‐45   •  Vincent  ordained  September  23,  1600  by   84  year  bishop  in  Chateau  l’Eveque   •  Dimissorial  leKers  falsely  tes9fy  he  had   proper  canonical  age  of  24  
  5. 5. “The disfigured and desolated . . . Holy Spouse of the Savior”   v  1597:  “Over  one  hundred   and  forty  bishoprics  and   forty-­‐three  sees  are   vacant  .  .  .  Not  many  of  them   [the  bishops]  are   intelligent,  .  .  .  and  hence  the   number  of  ignorant,   mendicant  priests  .  .  .  .”   v  1643:  “Concubinage  and   drunkenness    among  the   clergy  were  widespread  .  .  .  .   and  looked  upon  as  common   prac9ce.”   The  Word:   Revela=on  21  
  6. 6. Dealing with scandal v  1600-­‐1604:  Returned  to   Toulouse  to  pursue   baccalaureate  in  theology   v  1605-­‐1607:    disappears;  the   account  of  the  Barbary   pirates   v  1607-­‐1608:  in  Avignon  and   Rome   The  Word:   Ma>hew  18:5-­‐9  
  7. 7. The Formative Years: 1609-1617
  8. 8. Vital importance of a good spiritual director and friend v  1608:  arrives  in  Paris  seeking  a   benefice;  meets  Pierre  de  Berulle,   member  of  the  par2  devot   v  1609:  falsely  accused  of  the   v  1610:  leKer  to  mother,  “But  I  have   such  trust  in  God’s  grace,  that  He  will   bless  my  efforts  and  will  soon  give  me   the  means  of  an  honorable  re9rement   so  that  I  may  spend  the  rest  of  my   days  near  you.”     The  Word:   Acts  9:23-­‐28;  11:21-­‐26;  13:1-­‐5  
  9. 9. The process of metanoia, conversion v  1610:  becomes  almoner  for   Marguerite  de  Valois,   repudiated  wife  of  Henri  IV   v  1610:  leKer  to  mother,  “But   I  have  such  trust  in  God’s   grace,  that  He  will  bless  my   efforts  and  will  soon  give  me   the  means  of  an  honorable   re9rement  so  that  I  may   spend  the  rest  of  my  days   near  you.”   v  1611-­‐1615:  endures   tempta9on  against  faith;   resolu9on  comes  from   decision  to  dedicate  full-­‐9me   to  service  of  the  poor   The  Word:   Mark  1:14-­‐20  
  10. 10. Learning to honor the many gifts of the Body of Christ v  1612:  becomes  pastor  of  small   parish  of  Clichy  near  Paris  –   “This  [stay  at  Clichy]  gave  me   so  much  consola9on  and  made   me  so  happy  .  .  .  [to  be]  a   parish  priest  in  the  midst  of   such  goodhearted  people.  .  .  .   One  day  his  Eminence,   Cardinal  de  Retz,  asked  me,   ‘Well,  sir,  how  are  you?‘    I   told  him,  ‘My  Lord,  I  am  so   happy  that  I  cannot  express   it!’ ‘Why?’ ‘Because  I  have   such  good  people  .  .  .  .  ‘”   The  Word:   1  Corinthians  12  
  11. 11. Walking in faith, taking things one step at a time 1612-­‐1617:  begins  residing  at  home   of  Philippe-­‐Emmanuel  de  Gondi,   general  of  the  galleys  of  France  –   involved  in  educa9on  of  de  Gondi   children,  spiritual  direc9on  of  me  de   Gondi,  catechizing  of  household   servants     The  Word:   Genesis  18:1-­‐15;     The  Book  of  Ruth  
  12. 12. Apostolic Fruitfulness: 1617-1660
  13. 13. Attentiveness to detail, “events and circumstances” v  1617:  death  bed   confession  of  farmer  in   Gannes   v  January  25,  1617:   preaches  sermon  on   “General  Confession”  in   Folleville     The  Word:   Luke  21:1-­‐4;  Mark  8:1-­‐9  
  14. 14. The Reign of God comes slowly v  Lent  1617:  flees  to  Cha9llon-­‐les-­‐Dombes  from  the  de  Gondi  estates     v  August  to  December  1617:  established  first  “Confraternity  of  Charity”  for   the  assistance  of  the  poor  sick   v  December  1617:    urged  by  Madame  de  Gondi  and  Berulle,  returns  to  de   Gondi  family;  begins  to  distance  himself  from  Berulle  and  consults  more   frequently  with  Andre  Duval   v  1618-­‐1624:  devoted  to  preaching  of  missions  and  establishing  of   Confraterni9es  of  Charity  on  the  de  Gondi  proper9es         The  Word:   Ma>hew  13:31-­‐33;   Mark  4:26-­‐29  
  15. 15. The  first  Rule  –  and  all  subsequent  Rules  -­‐-­‐  of  the   Confraternity  of  Charity  are  personal,  par+cular,  and   detailed.    “The  one  whose  turn  it  is  .  .  .  will  prepare  the   meal,  take  it  to  the  sick  and,  drawing  near  them,  will  greet   them  joyfully  and  charitably.    She  will  place  the  liKle  tray   on  the  bed,  and  place  on  it  a  small  napkin,  an  eye-­‐cup,  a   spoon,  and  a  piece  of  bread.    She  will  have  the  sick  people   wash  their  hands  and  will  say  the  blessing  over  the  food;   she  will  put  the  soup  in  a  bowl,  arranging  everything  on   the  liKle  tray.”   The  Word:   1  Corinthians  13   Not how “much” but how it is done
  16. 16. The Central Place of the Poor v  1623:  returns  for  visit  to  Pouy;  renounces  all   desire  for  future  wealth;  endures  extreme   tempta9on  for  three  months   v  1624:  retreat  at  Soissons  –  received  the  grace  of   “indifference”  –  “took  away  the  pleasure  and   the  hurry”  –  regarding  the  founda9on  of  the   mission   v  April  17,  1625:    founda9on  of  the  Congrega9on   of  the  Mission  for  the  “purpose  of  preaching   missions  to  poor  country  people.”   v  1625:  Vincent  meets  Louise  de  Marillac   v  1633:  approval  of  Congrega9on  of  Mission  by   Urban  VIII   v  November  29,  1633:  first  Daughters  of  Charity   begin  living  with  Louise  de  Marillac   The  Word:   Ma>hew  19:13-­‐15;  25:31-­‐46;     1  Corinthians  1:26-­‐31  
  17. 17. Overwhelming importance of example and witness of life v  1619:  mee9ng  St.  Francis  de  Sales       v  1620:  the  here9c  at  Montmirail  –  “I  cannot  believe  [in   the  Church  of  Rome]  while  the  Catholics  in  the   countryside  are  abandoned  into  the  hands  of  some   vicious  and  ignorant  pastors….  On  the  other  hand,  the   ci9es  are  filled  with  priests  and  friars  who  do   absolutely  nothing….  Do  you  want  to  convince  me   that  this  is  under  the  direc9on  of  the  Holy  Spirit?    I   cannot  believe  it.”     v  1631:  pre-­‐ordina9on  retreats   v  1633:  beginning  of  “Tuesday  Conferences”   v  1636:  establishment  of  first  of  18  seminaries   The  Word:   Ma>hew  5:1-­‐16  
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