Advice to a Novice
Vincent de Paul
You will find that charity is a heavy burden to carry,
heavier than the kettle of soup and the full basket.
But you must keep your gentleness and your smile.
It is not enough to give bread and soup. This the rich can do.
You are the servant of the poor,
always smiling and always in good humour.
They are your masters,
terribly sensitive and exacting as you will see,
but the more unjust and insulting to you, the more love you must give them.
It is only for your love,
only your love,
that the poor will forgive you the bread you give them.