St Vincent de Paul (1581 - 1660)
Born into a peasant family in Aquitaine, France. After studying theology in Toulouse, he was ordained a priest in 1600. Captured by pirates in 1605, he was for two years a slave in Tunisia, but then escaped back to France where he decided to dedicate all of his efforts to the service of the poor. He founded a congregation of priests (called Lazarists or Vincentians) for missionary work, groups of laymen to help paupers and galley-slaves, and, with St Louise de Marillac, the Sisters of Charity, the first congregation of women entirely devoted to the care of the sick and the poor. In 1833 the "Society of St. Vincent de Paul', a lay organization for service of the poor, was founded in his honor.
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Personal Prayer: Pathway to Joy CD
Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
Everyone knows that personal prayer is important. You can't expect to deepen a relationship with God talking with Him only once a week! But how, in the midst of the busy, noisy life we all lead, can we develop a pattern of daily prayer that really works? And if we are successful in carving out some moments for prayer, what do we do? How should we spend that time in way that would be most fruitful?
Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio has taught spiritual theology academically, but, more importantly, he's had plenty of practice applying that tradition to everyday life. With a family of seven, a business, and a non-profit corporation to run, he knows the challenges that a busy, active life can pose to the Christian who wants to pray. In this talk, he lays down principles and gives practical suggestions on how busy laypeople can develop a prayer life that leads to joy and personal transformation.
Audio CD $9.00