Do we have the happiness of having God as our Master, with the result that His virtues find no resistance in us? […] Am I prompt in responding to God’s calls, faithful to His Will, exact in my practices and always ready to do His Divine Will? Reflect that, since the God of virtues has chosen you to practice them, you live by Him and His kingdom is in you. But, if this isn’t the case, what must we do? We should give ourselves to Him without delay and unreservedly from this very moment, so that He may be pleased to dispose us to this life of the elect, and to divest us of so much self-will and from seeking our own satisfaction, which hinder God from residing peacefully and absolutely in us.
Vincent de Paul (Volume: 12 | Page#: 113) Seeking the Kingdom of God, 21 February, 1659
Do I really believe God’s kingdom is in me? Am I willing at times to forget about my needs and sacrifice myself for others? Do I at times do for others in a begrudging manner?
Quotes sources: Saint Vincent de Paul / Correspondence, Conferences, Documents; Brooklyn, NY: New City Press, 1999; Pierre Coste, Editor. Spiritual writings of Louise de Marillac. Edited and translated from the original French edition by Louise Sullivan, D.C. Brooklyn, New York: New City Press, 1991.