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Saint Vincent de Paul: Servant of Charity

by Sister Catherine Ethievant

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Saint Vincent de Paul is a saint whose influence is strongly felt today with his charities and religious orders still in full swing 350 years after his death. This brings a relevance to knowing his story not felt with other often unknown saints. Vincent wasn't always a saintly man; he grew up wanting what most young men want: career, fame, fortune and that is what he pursued through the priesthood in his day. Vincent wasn't a bad person though and while he loved the luxuries of life he soon found they didn't bring happiness or contentment of the soul. God lead him in another direction, that of teaching the poor and illiterate about God and he set about preaching throughout the countryside to the poor and prisoners; teaching other priests to preach to the common man and organising ladies into first the Daughters of Charity, then the religious order the Sisters of Charity. Here he found his happiness that luxury couldn't fulfill. A delightful, simple picture book story in a palm-sized format with plenty of text that manages to bring a detailed outline of Vincent's life from birth to death and the legacy he left behind. Beautiful watercolour illustrations. Another fine entry in this excellent series of titles on various saints for the approximate 7-12 year range. ( )
  ElizaJane | Jul 7, 2013 |
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Presents a children's book that chronicles the life of Saint Vincent de Paul, early seventeenth-century French priest, and tells of his work with the poor.

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