Today the Catholic Church celebrates the memorial of one of my great heroes, St. Vincent de Paul. My years teaching at St. John’s University (a Vincentian institution) and my consequent friendship with so many members of the Vincentian family have led to my developing a great love for this humble man who was so very sensitive to the needs of others.
I’ve written many things about Vincent over the years I’ve been blogging. Today I simple share an instruction he gave in his Letters, good advice for all of us.
Strive to live content in the midst of those things that
cause your discontent. Free your mind from all that
troubles you, God will take care of things. You will be
unable to make haste in this [choice] without, so to
speak, grieving the heart of God, because he sees that
you do not honor him sufficiently with holy trust. Trust in
him, I beg you, and you will have the fulfillment of what
your heart desires.
To all of my friends in the worldwide Vincentian family, and to all those who try to live out Vincent’s charism, a happy feast day!