Daily Reflection

– Speaking about a possible organization for the service of the poor – “Our membership in such a union will bear silent and humble witness to the faith that is in us – a faith that has always inspired its more devoted adherents to work for the good of those the world despises and neglects.”
– Bl. Frederic Ozanam

– As I move through the day, Lord, never let the pressures of work excuse me from taking the time to say those comforting or encouraging words that ease the pain of someone who is suffering.

Daily Reflection

“You represent the goodness of God to the sick.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, I want to show your goodness to others but sometimes my shortcomings seem to prevail. Help me to become the person you want me to be so others can see your image in me.

Daily Reflection

“It was said of St. Catherine Labouré that some sort of electric current [existed] between Catherine and humble people, between her and children. Those who were puzzled or embarrassed went to her as if she were a beloved granny, a staunch member of the household – but would later leave the ‘old lady’ when they had learnt to fly with their own wings.”

– St. Catherine, I admire the good influence you had on others, especially the ability to empower them to become self-sufficient. Teach me how to do this in my relationships.

Daily Reflection

“I beg Our Lord that in all things He may be your all!” (CCD 4:304)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Today, I will spend some quality time with you, Lord, thanking you for all the gifts and blessings you have given me.

Daily Reflection

“We should be faithful in little things, keep ourselves in the presence of God, and have a great desire to please him.” (SW 513)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– Lord, fidelity is the special gift I ask for today. May my words and actions always show me to be your faithful follower.

Daily Reflection

“One can never have too great a supply of patience and mild persuasion.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, when I have failed to succeed in persuading anyone to another course of action, it was probably because of my impatient and aggressive manner. Create in me a gentle patience that respects the views of others and seeks to persuade in a non-threatening manner.

Daily Reflection

“New works, however holy, do not develop unless they have a promoter who follows them closely.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– O God, remove from me all fear of new beginnings. Give me the courage I need to undertake and see to completion good works done in your name.

Daily Reflection

“Human passions and weaknesses are never extinct, but they cannot triumph in a heart possessed by peace. She is lovely; make acquaintance with her. She will not be angry that you neglected her so long.” (CW 2:86)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– When I feel discouraged because I seem to be guilty of the same old faults, help me to remember that my life is a journey and you love me in spite of my flaws.

Daily Reflection

“Our Lord has no use for our knowledge or our good works if He does not possess our heart; and even this heart He does not wish if we do not give it to Him when He asks.” (CCD 7:483)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, I offer you my heart today; take it and make it your own. When you ask sacrifices of me, give me the grace to be generous and whole-hearted in my response.

Daily Reflection

“The conversion of a soul is not a thing done once and for all – this conversion, our conversion must take place daily. Every day we must direct our soul anew towards God and make it pass from the demands of nature to the call of grace.”
– Mother Suzanne Guillemin, D.C.

– Let me live each day to its fullest, Lord. Only with you at my side can I reach my true potential.

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