Two formidable men
Our patron, St Vincent de Paul, and SSVP founder, Bl Frederic Ozanam may share many things in common,but they were very different individuals.
In his article on the ‘Famvin'(Vincentian Family) website, Jim Claffey of SVDP USA, reflects on these similarities and differences and asks us to consider the things that unite us, even though we too are all very different as individuals.
There is no substitute for direct personal experience of the poor. A merely institutional response to their needs is not our way. Frederic reminds us “let us go to the poor” because Vincent tells us “they are our lords and masters.” The Society’s Home Visit is a great example of being personally present to the poor.
To read the full article, please visit the Famvin website.
If you would like to learn more on the subject, the site also has a presentation that can be viewed in the ‘Vinformation’ section here