Frederic Ozanam

Protecting the Children • A Weekly Reflection with Ozanam

One is terrified, and rightly, by that multitude of children growing up for disorder and for crime, with no other education than the examples of the theatre and the temptations of the public square. It is not well known that in district 12, four thousand boys and...

The Dignity of the Poor • A Weekly Reflection with Ozanam

In these foul cellars and garrets, sometimes next door to sloth and vice we have often come upon the loveliest domestic virtues, on a refinement and intelligence that one does not always meet with under gilded ceilings; a poor cooper, of past seventy years of age,...

To Comply with the Precepts or to Be Truly Christian • A Weekly Reflection with Ozanam

It is easier to use an uplifting language, to fulfill certain positive precepts, to reject certain pleasures, than to be deeply filled with the evangelical spirit, to keep it in the depths of the soul to ennoble it, purify it, and improve it; in short: to reproduce it...

Being on the Side of the Workers • A Weekly Reflection with Ozanam

Of course, the districts of Saint-Jacques and of Jardin-des-Plantes do not always give the spectacle of the same desolation. We know there shopping streets, poor but livable houses, narrow but well-kept rooms that retain remains of an old slack, waxed furniture, white...
Do you know poor people? Christ?

Do you know poor people? Christ?

"The great tragedy of the church is not that rich Christians do not care about the poor but that rich Christians do not know the poor." — Shane Claiborne Paraphrasing Roman 10:14 How can we encounter Christ in the poor if we do not know them? Vincent certainly...

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