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Thursday, April 5, 2012

St. Vincent Ferrer


Feastday: April 5

VINCENT was born at Valencia in Spain in 1350. At the age of eighteen he joined the Order of St. Dominic. He became a doctor of Sacred Theology. St. Vincent Ferrer was a great scholar  — he knew the entire Bible by heart.

St. Vincent devoted himself to missionary work. He preached in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, England, Scotland and Ireland. Numerous conversions followed his preaching, which God Himself assisted by the gift of miracles. Jews, infidels and heretics were converted by his sermons on the true faith. The most obdurate sinners embraced a life of holiness. The favorite topic of Vincent's sermons was the final judgment. He repeated over and over the words of the prophet, "Arise, ye dead, and come to the judgment." He is often called the "Angel of the Judgment."

A renowned wonder-worker, St. Vincent cured the sick, the blind and the lame. He was even invited to Mohammedan Granada where he preached the Gospel with much success. He is considered one of the most famous missionaries of the fourteenth century.

Vincent's outstanding virtues were humility and the spirit of prayer, which made his work successful. His motto was: "Whatever you do, think not of yourself, but of God." In this spirit he preached and God spoke through him. His wonderful missionary work lasted twenty-one years. He died on April 5, 1419.

O God, You raised up St. Vincent, Your Priest to serve You in preaching the Gospel, and proclaim the coming Christ to judge the world. Grant that we may attain to the joy of heaven, and there see Christ enthroned glory.

“Precious stone of virginity...
Flaming torch of charity...
Mirror of penance...
Trumpet of eternal salvation...
Flower of heavenly wisdom...
Vanquisher of demons.”
(From the litanies of St. Vincent)

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