Saint Vincent De Paul

St. Vincent de Paul was born to a poor peasant family in the French village of Pouy on April 24, 1581. His first formal education was provided by the Franciscans. He did so well, he was hired to tutor the children of a nearby wealthy family. He used the monies he earned teaching to continue his formal studies at the University of Toulose where he studied theology. His father encouraged and helped him toward the priesthood, to which he was ordained on September 23, 1600, at the age of nineteen or twenty.

Educated by the Franciscans at Dax, France, he was ordained in 1600 and graduated from the University of Toulouse in 1604. He was allegedly captured at sea by Barbary pirates and sold as a slave but eventually escaped. He spent a year in Rome to continue his studies and then went to Paris, where he remained permanently. He placed himself under the spiritual guidance of the celebrated cardinal Pierre de Bérulle, who entrusted him with the parish of Clichy.

In 1622 Vincent was appointed chaplain to the galleys. After working for some time in Paris among imprisoned galley-slaves, he returned to be the superior of what is now known as the Congregation of the Mission, or the “Vincentians” (in France known as “Lazaristes”). These priests, with vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and stability, were to devote themselves entirely to the people in smaller towns and villages. Read more…

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“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.”

“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” ~ Oswald Chambers

#MoralStory: Abortion

This just may be the best pro-life message yet.

A worried woman went to her gynaecologist and said, “Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 year old and I’m pregnant again. I don’t want kids so close together.”

So the doctor said, “Ok and what do you want me to do?”

She said, “I want you to end my pregnancy, and I’m counting on your help with this.”

The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady, “I think I have a better solution for your problem. It’s less dangerous for you too.”

She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.

Then he continued, “You see, in order for you having not to take care of 2 babies at the same time, let’s kill your present one-year-old. This way, you could rest a little before the other one is born. If we’re going to kill one of them, it doesn’t matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose to kill the one in your arms.”

The lady was horrified and said, “No doctor! How terrible! It’s a crime to kill a child!”

‘I agree’, the doctor replied. “But you seemed to be OK on killing your unborn child, so I thought maybe that you’d agree to kill the other one. I believe that what I propose, given your situation, is the best solution.”

The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point. He convinced the mother that there is no difference in killing a child that’s already been born and one that’s still in the womb.

The crime is the same! If you agree, please forward this to all your family and friends. Together we can help save many precious lives!

Love says: “I sacrifice myself for the good of the other person.”
Abortion says: “I sacrifice the other person for the good of myself.”

Like the Deer that Yearns

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Like the deer that yearns for running streams,
So my soul is yearning for you, my God.

My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life;
When can I enter and see the face of God?

O send forth your light and your truth; let these be my guide.
Let them bring me to your holy mountain to the place where you dwell.

And I will come to the altar of God, the God of my joy.
My redeemer, I will thank you on the harp, O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, my soul, why groan within me?
Hope in God; I will praise him still, my savior and my God.

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#ShortNews: Catholic conference in Rome highlights positive impact of migrants

There are currently over 65 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world, half of whom are minors. That’s roughly the population of the United Kingdom. Activists, academics, and religious from all over the globe have been meeting in Rome Nov. 1-4 to discuss the role of universities and educators in offering help to the ever-growing numbers of migrants and displaced persons in the world.

Once the situation of crisis is mitigated and their basic needs are met, immigrants and refugees don’t want handouts: They want an education. Professionally-oriented courses in teaching, nursing, IT, translation, hospitality and management have proved to be the most effective in helping migrants and refugees hone their skills and generate income, which in turn opens the door for further education.

Read More:

https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2017/11/03/catholic-conference-rome-highlights-positive-impact-migrants/

#ShortNews: Caritas Venezuela warns that 280,000 children could die of malnutrition

According to a Caritas report, the quantity and quality of food had dropped across Venezuela, due to the chronic shortage of products available and high inflation rates.

The Caritas report stated that each week five or six children die of malnutrition. Caritas projects that 280,000 children could eventually die from hunger. In addition, 63% of public hospitals do not have potable water, and 64% do not have milk for children, 51% do not have sufficient facilities for operations, Caritas warned.

Help Caritas Venezuela here. 👈

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/caritas-venezuela-warns-that-280000-children-could-die-of-malnutrition-46072

#ShortNews: Pope: Celebrating the Saints who transmit the light of God

The Pope explained that “Saints are our brothers and sisters who have received the light of God in their hearts and have transmitted it to the world, each according to their own “tonality”. This is the purpose of life, continued Pope Francis, to pass on the light of God; and also the purpose of our lives….”

“Whoever is with Jesus is blessed, he is happy, noted the Pope, adding that happiness is not in having something or becoming someone, “no, the real happiness is to be with the Lord and to live for love, he said.”

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/11/01/pope_angelus_celebrating_the_saints_who_transmit_the_light_/1346374