FEAST OF ST. LOUISE DE MARILLAC
March 15, 2010
Gospel: (Matthew 25: 31-46)
The King will say to those on his right hand, “ Come, you whom my Father has blessed,
take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me…I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me.”
Louise de Marillac, (1591-1660), married Antoine LeGras and they had a son whom they
named Michel, and at the age of 34 she became a widow. Vincent de Paul became her
spiritual director and under his guidance she began caring for the poor and visiting the
Confraternities of Charity. Vincent and Louise co-founded the Company of the
Daughters of Charity, and dedicated them to serve the poor with humility, simplicity and
charity. In 1960, Pope John XXIII proclaimed Louise the patron saint of all Christian
“As for your conduct toward the poor, may you never take the attitude of merely getting the task done. You must show them affection; serving them from the heart; inquiring of them what they might need; speaking too them gently and compassionately.”
( Gibson and Kneaves, Praying with Louise, p. 72)
Discussion: (Share your thoughts after a moment of silence)
In what ways do you see your Conference serving the poor today in the spirit of Louise: showing affection, serving from the heart, speaking gently and compassionately?
Compassionate Christ, Louise ministered to the needs of your people,
-give us courage to walk in her footsteps.
You inspired Louise with a great love for the poor and the abandoned,
-grant us the grace to serve with the same spirit of love
You inspired Louise with compassion for the destitute and sorrowful,
-may we love them tenderly and respect them deeply.
May the Vincentian Family continue to grow and multiply throughout the
-so that the poor will know God’s love in a tangible way.