Daily Reflection – May 19

“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 – May 18

“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.

Daily Reflection – May 17

“We must learn the hard lesson of submission; and once this has been accomplished, everything that comes after will be rendered easy.” (CW 1:28)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– Why do I find it so hard to completely turn my life over to you, Lord? Drive away from me the fear of what you might ask of me and replace it with the peace that only comes from a total gift of self to you.

Daily Reflection – May 16

“Those whom you serve should feel the efforts of your kindheartedness.” (CCD 9:430)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, let the great love I know you have for me, shine through my actions so others may experience your great loving compassion.

Daily Reflection – May 15

“Our good God wishes that all which is past remain in oblivion. The only thing you have to do is make good use of the present, but you must ask this grace of Him.” (SW: 371)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– How wonderful it is to know that I am forgiven so completely by you, Lord! Teach me to forgive others without holding on to resentment or bitterness.

Daily Reflection – May 14

“Our Lord is a perpetual Communion to those who are united to His will.” (CCD 1:233)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, I want to do your will. Show me what you want of me this day and give me the grace to do it.

Daily Reflection – May 13

“God is with us, and if sufferings abound in us, His consolations also greatly abound and far exceed an utterance.” (CW 1:253)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– Father, you surround me with so many marks of your special care. Never let me be so overcome with self-pity that I neglect to thank you for what you constantly do for me.

Daily Reflection – May 12

“Free your mind of anything that troubles you; God will take care of it.” (CCD 1:84)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, I put all my trust in you, knowing that whatever worries me can never be totally frightening because you are there with me.

Daily Reflection – May 11

“Blessed Guardians– be watchful. Help us to use well the grace of the moment in the care and instruction of the little ones under our charge. Watch over them with us.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Heavenly guardian angels, keep watch over our families and especially the children. Let no harm come to them or those committed to our care.

Daily Reflection – May 10

“A charitable word is all that is sometimes necessary to convert an obdurate heart. In like manner one bitter word is capable of afflicting a soul and plunging it into a sadness that may be most injurious.” (CCD 11:56)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, help me to recognize the good in others and try to win them to you with kindness and encouragement.

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