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The Life of St. Vincent de Paul

ByHenry Bedford

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They who know any thing of the saintly character and heroic deeds of Vincent de Paul regard him, and with truth, as the father of the orphan, the friend of the poor man, and the tender nurse of the sick; but only they who have studied his career by the light of the times in which he lived are aware how eminently he was distinguished as a zealous and successful reformer. To him belongs the glory of raising the Church of France from the deep degradation into which it had been run happy lot to fall; Vincent had thought but to be the servant of the poor; but God had chosen him to be the teacher of thewise and the counsellor of princes. From being the missioner of ignorant country-people, he was to become the reformer of the clergy of France and the regenerator of his country. We shall find him instituting spiritual retreats and exercises for such as were about to enter holy orders; weekly conferences, in which the clergy conferred together on matters connected with the ecclesiastical state, its virtues and its duties; a seminary, in which the newly ordained, or such as were preparing for ordination, might pass one or two years in studying the higher branches of theology, the ritual of the Church, the administration of the Sacraments, catechising, and preaching; and lastly, a little seminary, in which youths might, from an early age, be trained for the service of the altar.


Publication Date
May 9, 2021
Biographies & Memoirs
No Known Copyright (Public Domain)
By (author): Henry Bedford


Interior Color
Black & White
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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