Friday 31 January 2020

Vincent de Paul - J.B. Midgley - CTS Great Saints

Vincent de Paul
CTS Great Saints
J.B. Midgley
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 9781860825033
eISBN 9781784693831
CTS Booklet B701

In just over the last 2 years I have read over 100 books from the Catholic Truth society. This was the sixth volume by Midgley that I have read, and the second in the Great Saints Series. I have read many in the Biographies and also Saints of the Isles Series. And have loved most of them. After reading this volume and others by Midgley, am I not only trying to track down all the 26 books written by Midgley for the CTS but have now added several others in this series to my wish list from other authors. This book was published in 2008 and the eBook edition in 2017. Considering how good this and other books by Midgley are I can only hope that CTS releases all of his works in eBook format. But back to this volume. The description of this book is:

“Amid the wars and turmoil of 16th-century Reformation France, in the midst of great suffering and poverty, Providence provided an amazing example of apostolic zeal. Highly intelligent, physically small, and burning with love for Christ in the poor, Vincent de Paul stimulated a major change in the social consciousness of France and far beyond. His Religious Orders for men and women continue today. This account of his life and times captures the amazing spirit of this humble and courageous man, who truly loved and served the poor.”

And the chapters in this volume are:

Drinking from the Fount of God’s Love
Church and Society in the Time of Vincent
Formative Years
A ‘Call within a Call’
Vincent’s Apostolate is Born
Daughters of Charity
Education of the Clergy
Later Years and Homecoming
Devotion to Saint Vincent de Paul
Writings of Saint Vincent de Paul

I doubt you would encounter a Catholic that does not at least know the sane of Saint Vincent de Paul. Many parishes, dioceses and even cities still have a presence of a ministry in his name. What this book does is allow is to know more about the man, and his life. I for one can state that never knew he was captured at sea and was for a time a slave. This booklet serves as an excellent introduction into the life and ministry of this great saint. I particularly enjoyed the final section of the volume that contained Several quotes form the writings of the saint. Two in particular that caught my attention were:

“Be careful to preserve your health. It is a trick the devil employs to deceive good souls, to incite them to do more than they are able, on order that they may no longer be able to do anything.”


“When you leave prayer to help the poor, remember that the work has been done for God. Charity takes precedence over any rules, everything must be directed towards it, and what it orders should be carried out. Let us show our service to the poor with renewed ardour in our hearts, seeking out any abandoned people above all, since they are given to us as lords and patrons.”

The acknowledgements section at the beginning of the book lists several resources for going deeper into the life and works of Vincent de Paul. It is another great read in an excellent series. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2020 Catholic Reading Plan! For other reviews of books from the Catholic Truth Society click here.

Books by J.B. Midgley:

Advent & Christmastide with the Saints
Antonio Rosmini
Benedict - Patron of Europe
Bernard of Clairvaux – CTS Great Saints
Charles Borromeo  - CTS Great Saints
Companion to St. Joseph
Companion to the Feasts of Mary
Companion to Saint Peter
Companion to Saint Paul
Companion to the Angels
Companion to the Feasts of Our Lord
Companion to the Passion of Our Lord
Dominic - CTS Great Saints
George: Patron of England - CTS Great Saints
Dewi Sant: St David Patron of Wales
Francis de Sales – CTS Great Saints
John Baptist de La Salle – CTS Great Saints
John Vianney – CTS Great Saints
Lent with the Saints
Nurturing the Young
Robert Bellarmine
Saint John the Baptist 
Stations of the Cross and Resurrection with the Saints
The Eucharist with the Saints
The Four Evangelists
Thomas Becket – CTS Saints of the Isles
Vincent de Paul – CTS Great Saints
Witchcraft, Sorcery and Magic

Contributed to:
First Fridays and First Saturdays The Devotions Explained 

Books in the CTS Great Saints Series:
Antonio Rosmini - J.B. Midgley
Bernard of Clairvaux - J.B. Midgley
Benedict Patron of Europe - J.B. Midgley
Charles Borromeo - J.B. Midgley
Dominic - J.B. Midgley
Elizabeth of the Trinity The Great Carmelite Saint - Jennifer Moorcroft
Francis de Sales - J.B. Midgley
Gemma Galgani Gem of Christ John Paul Kirkham
George: Patron of England - J.B. Midgley
John Baptist de La Salle - J.B. Midgley
John of the Cross - Jennifer Moorcroft
John Vianney - J.B. Midgley
Louis Marie de Montfort His Life, Message and Teaching - Paul Allerton SMM
Martin de Porres - Glynn MacNiven-Johnston
Patrick Missionary to the Irish - Thomas O’Loughlin 

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