SECTION TWELVE: Monsieur Vincent’s Prudence and Circumspection In His Service of the King The government of the state and the service of a sovereign are of such importance that they should be confided not only to well qualified and faithful persons, but also to those alone who are prudent and discreet, of sound mind and solid judgment. They should have a background of experience equal to the importance of the things committed to their care. Also, not all those with reputations of piety have these [...] → [Read the full text]
Be to them as our guardian angels are to us.
SECTION ELEVEN: Monsieur Vincent Served the King With an Entire Disregard for All Personal Self-interest We in no way wish to blame those who serve the king in the hope that His Majesty would reward them for their faithful service. On the contrary, we would say it is neither just nor reasonable to blame such a person. This would benefit the state. Just as the law sets out punishments for those who rebel against the will of the sovereign, it should also sanction his favors [...] → [Read the full text]
SECTION TEN: Monsieur Vincent Preserved Always an Inviolable Fidelity to the King and a Constant Devotion to His Service, Even During Most Perilous and Difficult Times It does not suffice to give to God the things which pertain to God, for in keeping with the maxim of the Gospel we must also give to Caesar the things which pertain to Caesar. The same law which binds us to adore God, to obey him, and to love him above all else, also requires that we honor [...] → [Read the full text]
Leaves Paris for Lyons – Absence of vocation – Italy – Dante – Society of St. V. de Paul – Endeavour made to obtain a chair of commercial law at Lyons, and to have Ozanam nominated to it – Reconciliation of the two classes, the rich and the poor, by christian charity – Law occupations. FREDERIC OZANAM, in 1836, was still in Paris for his last year of studies. He was employed in working for the degree of Doctor of Law, and at the same [...] → [Read the full text]
SECTION NINE: Various Other Activities of Monsieur Vincent While on the Council of the King The zeal of Monsieur Vincent for everything concerning the service and honor of God made him attentive to those occasions when he might further this service or prevent anything that might oppose it. He used his good reputation in this way on the king’s council, judging that day a happy one in which he could prevent some ill or promote some good. During the war years he tried to prevent [...] → [Read the full text]
SECTION EIGHT: Other Help Given by Monsieur Vincent to Various Abbeys and Convents of Women Saint Cyprian rightly remarked that the more sublime the glory of religious virgins consecrated to God, the more care should be taken of them. Their loss is frequent and easy, as their sex is weak, and their constancy in good is more difficult and rarer than among men. This caused Monsieur Vincent to extend his regard for the religious life especially to the abbeys and convents of women. He sought [...] → [Read the full text]
Gird your loins and light your lamps (Lk 12, 35) If we remember, in whatever we do, the end of our life, we will never sin (Sir 7, 36). The future will not catch us off guard if we live in its presence. If we who embark on a new beginning do not lose sight of the end, we will be less susceptible to deceptions. The end of life, of course, is not the same as death. Undoubtedly, we are dust and to dust we [...] → [Read the full text]