As an “alchemist,” Vincent de Paul manipulated common elements to transform them into precious realities. Fr. Jack Melito, C.M. points out how Vincent’s “Tunisian captivity” can serve as a metaphor for his life’s work of changing evil into good, challenge into blessing, the non-intelligible into an understandable Gospel message, the uneducated into the empowered, and the simple poor into our Lords and Masters.
“Vincent the Alchemist” is a chapter from the book Windows on His Vision (pp. 37-42) available at: https://via.library.depaul.edu/windows/5/
It is also available as an ebook here: https://via.liabrary.depaul.edu/vincentian_ebooks/8/