Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hands and Sweat and Saints

"Let us love God; but at the price of our hands and sweat of our face." St. Vincent de Paul

Born a French peasant in the 1600s, St. Vincent de Paul founded an order of priests known as the Vincentians. Later he and Louise de Marillac founded the Daughters of Charity.

When he was first exhumed, only his nose and eyes had decomposed. When he was exhumed a second time for his canonization in the 1700s, it was discovered that an underground flood had caused his body to decompose. His bones are encased in wax and on display in Paris for veneration. Fittingly, the only organ to stay incorrupt is his heart. His feast day is September 27th.

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