Daily Reflection

“Have foresight when tending your patients; anticipate their needs.” (CCD 13b:126, 198)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Whether or not my work directly involves the sick, I know, Lord, the only way to anticipate the needs of others is to put myself in their place. Help me to put the needs of others above my own.

Daily Reflection

“Our vocation places us in the midst of the poor to whom we give the best of ourselves.”
– Mother Chiron, D.C.

– Lord, help me to remember that only my best is good enough for those I will be serving today.

Daily Reflection

“We must never be surprised at the little misunderstandings which arise. The angels and the apostles disagreed and Our Lord permits it to happen in communities for a greater good. But it rests with us to avoid these regrettable circumstances and to become closely reconciled as soon as possible.” (CCD 3:462)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– When misunderstandings occur at home or at work, Lord, I will try to be the first to make amends.

Daily Reflection

“One thing is wanting – works of charity. The blessing of the poor is the blessing of God. Let us go to the poor.”
– Bl. Frederic Ozanam

– Heavenly Father, enliven my faith so I can see you in those who are suffering.

Daily Reflection

“The sick were brought to Our Lord to be cured, like that poor man with the palsy whom they let down through the roof. Is not this what you do in hospitals?” (CCD 9:467)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Sometimes in the routine activities of my day, I fail to see the value of what I do. Keep before me, Lord, the ‘big picture’ and realize the blessing it is to serve you in the sick and needy.

Daily Reflection

“We must always do things with the greatest possible simplicity.” (CCD 12:398)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Grant me, Lord, the ability to speak and act candidly, acknowledging the contributions of others whenever possible.

Daily Reflection

“We must generously accept our inability to act, when it pleases God that this should happen.” (SW: 614)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– When I am forced to remain inactive, Lord, keep me patient and calm in my waiting, knowing that this, too, pleases you.

Daily Reflection

Punctuality is an essential point to observe in the accomplishment of your duties. (CCD 12:408, 415, 435)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Even if being on time is not a value to me, it is important to observe because the time of others is as important as mine is to me. When I am tempted to let things go until the last minute, Lord, remind me that time is a precious gift, which I should spend wisely in your service.

Daily Reflection

“Faith lifts the soul, hope supports it, experience says it must, and love says let it be.” (CW 2:117)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– Life is a precious gift from you, Lord. Help me to celebrate it and be grateful for your many gifts.

Daily Reflection

“You should be strictly conscientious in the preparation of the medicines you handle.” (CCD 10:539-540)
– St. Vincent de Paul

Whether I am responsible for preparation of medicines or not, teach me Lord to respect my own body by taking medication exactly as prescribed and not over or under medicating myself to the detriment of my health.

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