Advocacy Is Organization

In the regulations for the Charity of Women (Chatillon-les Dombes), it is noted “that the poor suffered more through a lack of organized assistance than from lack of charitable persons.” (CCD 13b, 8) The real key to understanding Vincent as an advocate is that Vincent saw the world from the perspective of vulnerable people, saw Christ in the people who are poor or sick, and believed that their care must be organized. He was concerned about the organization of the society of his time. He strongly believed that persons living in poverty should not receive in charity what was due them in justice. His faith was the core of his sense of justice.