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Thomas Davitt C.M.


In order not to lose sight of the man behind the saint, illustrations of Vincent de Paul’s human qualities are provided with his own words. Most highlight his realism. He recognized that people sometimes joined the Congregation from self-interest. He knew who was not suited to be a confrere. Although devoted to the poor, he also set limits on charity where they were warranted. He understood that the Double Family needed to be self-supporting to succeed, and therefore had certain financial requirements of those who wished to join it. Other examples of his pragmatism are offered.