Today the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul. He was influential in my faith formation through the service immersion trips I did in high school. It was there that I encountered Christ in the poor.

In addition to his love for the poor, he is known for his work forming priests. In that vain, I’d like to share a quote of his on the priesthood, which I have been reflecting upon today:

“We are chosen by God as instruments of his immense and fatherly love, which seeks to be established and to spread in souls…. Our vocation is therefore to go not to a parish, nor only to a bishopric, but to the whole world. To do what? To set peoples’ hearts on fire, to do what the Son of God did, he who came to bring fire to the world, to set it ablaze with his love. So it is true that I am sent not only to love God, but also to make him loved. It is not enough for me to love God, if my neighbour does not love him”

Please join me in encouraging young men to respond to the call of the priesthood. It’s a beautiful life. Please pray that I, and all priests may do out best to live out these words of St. Vincent de Paul.

Source: Letter of the Holy Father John Paul II to Bishop Gaston Poulain for the 4th Centenary of the priestly ordination of St. Vincent de Paul.

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