Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul (April 24, 1581 – September 27, 1660). The experience and needs of the poor turned St. Vincent de Paul’s heart and energy to a life of care and compassion for those in need. St. Vincent’s example is especially important today when not only is there suffering and starvation in the world, but so many people are lost and suffering from a spiritual starvation.
We are all beggars before God. Our hearts and hands are empty. We have nothing to offer to God but our love for Him. He sent His Son to die a criminal’s death for our salvation. He rose from the dead and set us free from Sin and Death. We beg Him for the gift of faith which will lead to eternal life with Him in heaven.