Charity and Prayer

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Vincent de Paul. His life and teachings could certainly be lost if we did not pay careful attention. St. Vincent de Paul once noted that, “If a needy person requires medicine or other help during prayer time, do whatever has to be done with peace of mind. Offer the deed as your prayer.”
The importance in this statement is not the priority of charity but of prayer. In this statement, he is not saying that serving the poor is more important than prayer. The key is that one is often in prayer and has to interrupt it to help the poor. The only way to offer the deed as prayer is to be a truly prayerful person. The one who prays a lot will have to be interrupted from time to time. Thus, only from a person who prays often is the interruption capable of being prayer because it is a continuity of what he or she is always doing.