5 Quotes From St. Vincent Ferrer & 5 Facts About His Life That Will Help You Grow Closer To Jesus

by April, Saints

Saint Vincent Ferrer was a priest from Spain who lived in the 14th century.  His missionary work is attributed to leading thousands of people in Europe to the Catholic faith.  His feast day is celebrated on April 5th and the life of this saint continues to lead people closer to Jesus Christ.  Check out these 5 quotes and 5 facts about St. Vincent Ferrer and give this great saint a chance to help you grow closer to Jesus Christ as well. 

5 Quotes From St. Vincent Ferrer

“Whatever you do, think not of yourself, but of God.”

“If you truly want to help the soul of your neighbor, you should approach God first, with all of your heart.”

“Therefore, do penance now, forgive injuries, make restitution of any ill-gotten goods, live up to and confess your religion.”

“Once humility is acquired, charity will come to life; a burning flame devouring the corruption of vice and filling the heart so full that there is no place for vanity.”

“Whoever observes this practice (the rosary) is beyond the reach of adversity!

– St. Vincent Ferrer

5 Facts About St. Vincent Ferrer

  1. He lived during a time of great schism within the Church – 2 bishops claimed the papacy when he lived so he was a strong priest during a very tumultuous period of time for the Church.  
  2. He is the patron saint of builders – he is known as the patron of builders due to his great work in building up the church in a time of division and confusion. 
  3. He was nicknamed the “Angel of the Apocalypse” – he earned this nickname because he preached extensively and passionately on the end of the world and the final judgement.  
  4. The Holy Spirit spoke through him – like the apostles on Pentecost, he preached in his native language but everyone listening understood him as though he were speaking in their own language.    
  5. Lived a very humble life – he always abstained from meat, slept only on the floor, accepted no donations for himself, and consumed only bread and water on Wednesdays and Fridays.  

3 Resources To Help You Learn More About St. Vincent Ferrer

The Life of Saint Vincent Ferrer, O.P.

St. Vincent Ferrer: The Angel of the Judgment 

Treatise on the Spiritual Life

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