Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Shoestring Wheelchair


Santiago’s wheelchair was held together with a shoe string. The chair’s upholstery was falling apart, with holes in the seat and backrest. Santiago lived in fear of falling out. He is a parishioner at St. Vincent Catholic Church in Los Angeles where he met Fr. Jerome Herff, C.M. After seeing the state of Santiago’s chair, Herff asked the Daughters of Charity sisters for help, who put him in touch with David Fields, Executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles. Within 15 minutes of contacting Fields, Herff received an email: “Where can we drop off the wheelchair?” Herff said, “There was a smile on Santiago’s face when he received his new wheelchair and shock that someone had helped him so quickly!” Santiago himself had sought a new wheelchair from various agencies with no success. Santiago said, “The wheelchair was beautiful. I thank God I was able to meet Fr. Jerome.”  
It suffices that God sees our hearts."
- St. Vincent de Paul

"Es suficiente que Dios vea nuestros corazones."
- San Vicente de Paul


Lord, how painful it is to be misunderstood!
At those times, instead of trying to justify myself
I will remember your example and remain in peace.

¡Señor, cuan doloroso es el ser malentendido!
En esos momentos, en lugar de tratar de justificarme
recordaré tu ejemplo y permaneceré en paz.

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Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Homeless Man Who Donated $250 To Charity Is Now Off The Streets



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Thursday, August 20, 2015

“What a good thing it is to persevere
In the love and service of God!”
–St. Louise de Marillac
Born 424 years ago today, August 12, 1591

“¡Qué bueno es perseverar
en el amor y servicio de Dios!”
–Sta. Luisa de Marillac
Nacido hace 424 años hoy, 12 de agosto, 1591


God of our heart,
guide us to you through loving service to our brothers and sisters in need.

Dios de nuestro corazón,
guíenos a usted a través del servicio amoroso a nuestros hermanos y hermanas necesitados.

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Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Summer Fun for Heartbroken Child


Luis, at age seven, was abandoned by his mother as a young child. His father abused Luis, once trying to throw him out of a moving car. After his father was put in jail for the abuse, Luis’ grandparents moved into their inner-city home. His grandparents worried about the heartbroken child. His grandparents heard about the Society’s Circle V Ranch Camp. The Society and a social service agency picked up the tab. Luis thrived under the unconditional love and faith showered on him by the camp counselors. “This is the best summer I’ve ever had!” Luis beamed. 
“Practice humility and patience.”
–St. Vincent de Paul

"Practica la humildad y la paciencia."
San Vicente de Paúl


God of Mercy,
May your breath flow through us as patience in serving our brothers and sisters,
a reflection of your love and understanding for all your creation.

Dios de la Misericordia,
Que la corriente de su respiración pasa a través de nosotros como la paciencia en el servicio a nuestros hermanos y hermanas,
un reflejo de su amor y comprensión para toda su creación.
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Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles


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