In the article “Vincent de Paul and the Galleys of France“, Fr. John Rybolt, C.M. presents in horrifying detail the conditions of the galley slaves. Here are some images along with quotes of St. Vincent de Paul on suffering.

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“Christ was sent by the Father ‘to bring good news to the poor’… Similarly, the Church encompasses with love all who are afflicted with human suffering and in the poor and afflicted sees the image of its poor and suffering Founder. It does all it can to relieve their need and in them it strives to serve Christ” (Ecumenical Council Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution Lumen gentium, 8).


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