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  • 1. VINCENTIAN SPIRITUALITY:THE HEART OF OUR SERVICE TOTHE POOR 1. Vincent de Paul always looked at the human person as a whole – a spiritual, moral, political, social, cultural being, including also their economic hopes and concerns.
  • 2. VINCENTIAN SPIRITUALITY:THE HEART OF OUR SERVICE TOTHE POOR St. Vincent de Paul – Poverty is not the will of God. It defaces the dignity of every poor person and the image of God in them.
  • 3. VINCENTIAN SPIRITUALITY:THE HEART OF OUR SERVICE TOTHE POOR 2. St. Vincent de Paul - Poverty is also a possible event of our salvation.  Vincent saw in the poor the very person of Christ.  “In the person of the poor, you serve Jesus Christ. . . You serve Christ in the person of the poor.”
  • 4. VINCENTIAN SPIRITUALITY:THE HEART OF OUR SERVICE TOTHE POOR3. Vincent experienced how the poor brought him to God. The poor, to put it in contemporary terms, evangelized him.  “the net result of my experience on the matter is the judgment I have ever formed, that true religion – true religion, Gentlemen, is to be found among the poor. God enriches them with a lively faith; they believe, they touch, they taste the words of life. . .”
  • 5. VINCENTIAN SPIRITUALITY:THE HEART OF OUR SERVICE TOTHE POOR “We thought we went to help. We ended up receiving more than we have given.” the poor are an integral part of our Family and not merely recipients of our benevolence and charity.