Newsnote: “Vincentiana Purchase of the Week.” A saint from the cradle

The Vincentiana Collection at Archives and Special Collections of DePaul University’s John T. Richardson Library recently purchased this unique mid-to-late nineteenth century holy card. The card depicts Vincent de Paul as a very young boy. According to legend, as a young boy, Vincent de Paul gave a beggar all of the money he had saved. This card names the amount: “30 sous” and associates it with a previously unknown part of the legend: the young Vincent tending his father’s flocks and praying before a rustic cross he has hand-fashioned. This prayer inspires him to this act of charity. The height of 19th century French Romanticism.

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