This book tells the story of Vincent de Paul, one of the great saints of the French counter-reformation. He was born of a peasant family, and was ordained as a young man. One of his first assignments was as a chaplain to galley slaves, and this inspired him to dedicate the rest of his life to missionary work. He founded the order of the Lazarist missionary priests and with a nun friend assisted in the formation of the sisters of Charity.
ST. VINCENT IN THE STREETS OF PARIS.
"Blessed is he that understandeth concerning the needy and the poor: the Lord will deliver him in the evil day."
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. Wherefore he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the contrite of heart, to preach deliverance to the captives, and sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of reward."
"Extend mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His mercy from us?"
—St. Vincent de Paul