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Monsieur Vincent

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Vincent tries to get someone to adopt this orphan

When Monsieur Vincent opens, we see Vincent Depaul entering a deserted town. Whenever he knocks on a door, someone throws rocks at him from the second floor. Finally, Vincent who’s the new priest in town gets let inside. He discovers that the aristocrats inside are hiding hoping to avoid the plague. They’re in the midst of a wild party just in case they don’t escape the plague.

As the new priest, and one that lives the gospel, Vincent tries to convince the nobles to take in a girl whose mother has just died. They’re all to scared. He winds up taking her in a very modest room he’s rented.

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Vincent’s wisdom is revered by the rich. He’s soon the mentor and spiritual guide for a wealthy couple, but he wants to help the poor. When he tells his patrons that he plans to leave they keep him near by supporting his charity efforts more. This works for a while, but eventually Vincent goes to Paris where he begins a charity for the poorest of the poor.

Throughout his work with the poor, Vincent recruited wealthy women to help him and found great frustration when they didn’t agree with his ideas of expanding and expanding their charity programs. Eventually, realizing that people who understand the poor may be better to work with, he taps a poor girl to become one of his first nuns. Actually, she came to him and the light bulb went off.

I went to a high school named after Louise de Marillac, a wealthy woman, who became key to Vincent’s outreach to the poor. In the film, she’s just in a couple scenes. You can see that she’s a peer of the wealthy women, so Vincent wants her to lead them, though it’s tough to convince these opinionated women to trust Vincent. (St. Louise de Marillac wound up leading the Daughters of Charity, an order of nuns that serves the poor.)

This bio pic was interesting and well done. I was surprised that so much of the time Vincent Depaul dealt with administrative issues and trying to persuade the aristocracy to help him more. I thought he was more “hands on.” In any event, the film moved along well and introduces people to this 17th century saint.

In French with subtitles.


Deo Gratias

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Deo Gratias is Latin for “Thanks be to God.” Remembering to give thanks for all of our blessings, big and small, helps us to find God in our everyday moments and gives us an attitude of gratitude! Colleen at Thoughts on Grace has organized this meme and you can contribute by clicking here. This week I’m thankful for:

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  1. My friend Kristyn’s visit. We met when teaching in Jinan and she now teaches in Wisconsin. She was able to visit from Thurs. to Monday. It was a grab time to share and explore as we had in China.
  2. With Kristyn, who’s of Polish descent, I went to mass at a Polish church I’d passed thousands of times in my life. I was not prepared for the glory and splendor. Holy Trinity church is right by the highway and is a vibrant parish.
  3. Garfield Park Conservatory. We wanted to see some green in the gray of January. It’s a 2 acre greenhouse full of lush plants. They have lots of activities for children and it’s free!
  4. Sherlock Holmes stories. My book club is reading “The Empty House” and The Sign of Four. I’d forgotten how gripping and well told these stories are.
  5. Saving Mr. Banks, a witty, positive movie with a good story, good acting from a cast led by Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. I loved being drawn into a well told story that had no violence, foul language or gratuitous sex. Not to sound Puritanical but such films are just so much more life giving!