St. Vincent De Paul — Confessor July 19

St. Vincent was the apostle of the poor and the destitute. But he was not only the savior of the poor but of the rich, for he taught them to do works of mercy. The work so nobly begun by St. Vincent de Paul is still carried on by the order he founded.

The harvest indeed is great but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send laborers into His harvest. — Gospel

The Imitation of Christ
But all the saints of God, and all devoted friends of Christ looked not to what pleased the flesh, nor to what flourished for the time of this life; but all their hopes aspired after the good things that are eternal.
One night when St. Vincent was going through the streets of Paris looking for the children left there to die, he was attacked by robbers who thought he carried a treasure. When St. Vincent opened his cloak to show them what he carried, they fell at his feet.
Are you carrying burdens for others or do you make others carry yours? Be attentive today to the demands you make on the patience and endurance of others, particularly those of your own family. See how quick you are to blame others and excuse yourself.
Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.