Will the poor forgive our charity?

Yesterday was the feast of Saint Vincent de Paul, but because of ending a workshop and traveling I didn’t get around to posting a quote of this saint who, as a youth, said he would never be poor. But he became an advocate of the poor and founded a community of men and co-founded, with St. Louise Marillac, the Sisters of Charity.

The poor were central for his understanding of faithful Christian life:

“You will find that charity is a heavy burden to carry, heavier than the kettle of soup and the basket of bread. But you must your gentleness and your smile keep. Giving soup and bread isn’t all the rich can do. They [the poor] are your masters, terribly sensitive and exacting as you will see. But the uglier and dirtier they are, the more unjust and bitter, the more you must give them your love. It is only because of your love — only your love — that the poor will forgive you the bread you give them.”

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