Daily Reflection

“God always blesses humble beginnings more than those that make a big stir!” (CCD 2:315)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Forgive me, Father, for the times I’ve made a big show of things, forgetting that the good I do needs only to be seen by you.

Daily Reflection

“To give of one’s means is nothing if one does not give oneself, and employ every moment of one’s life, and even expose it to danger for the love of God, in serving the poor.”
– St. Louise de Marillac

– Lord, you have been so generous to me. Show me how to serve without counting the cost.

Daily Reflection

“It is an obligation for us to inconvenience ourselves for the service of the poor.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Sometimes the poor can be very demanding and want their needs met at the most inconvenient times. When these situations arise, remind me, Lord, that I am their servant.

Daily Reflection

“How can we live an interior life until some of our natural rubbish is removed?” (CW 3a:259-260)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– Lord, I want to be whole. Heal whatever in me is broken. In spite of the pain I sometimes feel in my life, I appreciate the freedom you give me to experience it and still place all my trust in you.

Daily Reflection

“The more you give to our Lord, the more blessings you will receive. His yoke is sweet to him who embraces it willingly.” (CCD 7:203)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Today, Lord, in thanksgiving for your many blessings, I will find a little time to spend with a lonely or forgotten person.

Daily Reflection

“Do not burden yourself with rules and practices; strengthen yourself to fulfill well those you have, especially as regards your daily actions and employments; in short, let your greatest concern be to do well what you do.” (CCD 1:375-6)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, sometimes my days are so hectic. I need your guidance in my decision making so that what I do is really necessary for your glory and not my own.

Daily Reflection

“If only we have courage, we will go to heaven on horseback instead of idling and creeping along.” (CW 2:156)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– I will pray today for fortitude, that wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit, which will enable me to overcome whatever stands in the way of my union with God and service to others.

Daily Reflection

“A grain of charity suffices to calm many anxieties and ease many differences.” (CCD 1:572)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Heavenly Father, when the opportunity to be a peacemaker comes my way, help me to accept it and show your love equally to those with opposing views.

Daily Reflection

“You see a great deal of distress that you are unable to relieve. God sees it also. Bear the pains of the poor together with them, doing all you can to give them whatever help they need, and remain in peace.” (SW: 396)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– Lord, when I feel overwhelmed by the distress I am unable to relieve, help me to feel your presence and realize You are well aware of all those needs and provide me with the direction I need.

Daily Reflection

“Gently and imperceptibly, the angels inspire us to do good and then leave us perfectly free to do it or not.” (CCD 8:224)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– I am grateful, Lord, for those countless promptings to do good which come my way and the loving protection of your angels.

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