Jacques Benigne Bossuet, was the Bishop of Meaux, and tutor to the Dauphin. He was renowned as a preacher and controversialist. He was a member of Vincent de Paul's "Tuesday Conferences." This sermon reflects a Tridentine theological viewpoint with respect to the place of the poor in salvation history.
Edward R. Udovic. ""On the Eminent Dignity of the Poor in the Church," A Sermon by Jacques Benigne Bossuet" Vincentian Heritage Vol. 13 Iss. #1 (1992) Available at http://via.library.depaul.edu/omvpubs/101/