Daily Reflection – April 22

“There is no state in the world that has not its bitterness and crosses, and which therefore does not make us desire to embrace some other condition.” (CCD 7:203)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Without the cross, there could be no resurrection. Lord, when I complain about my sufferings, help me to remember this truth.

Daily Reflection – April 21

“A fault may serve for our advancement when it serves to humble us.” (SW: 285)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– Lord, make me aware of the prejudice, jealousy and other faults to which I so often yield. I am humbled by your love for me in spite of these imperfections.

Daily Reflection – April 20

“Sickness is not an evil which we should fear, but a most efficacious means of sanctifying our souls. To murmur when God sends it is to complain of his having done us good.” (CCD 10:405)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– When I am ill, I will do my best not to complain. Lord, teach me how to be patient and leave the outcome to you.

Daily Reflection – April 19

“The reward of sacrifice is peace.” (Possibly based on CW 2:715)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– Lord, every sacrifice has its price as well as its reward. Bless me with that peace of mind which comes from knowing nothing I do goes without your notice.

Daily Reflection – April 18

“The most glorious and desirable death is that which surprises us with arms in our hands for the service of the Lord.” (CCD 8: 293)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, death will hold no fear for me if my days are spent serving You in whatever way Your will is revealed to me.

Daily Reflection – April 17

“Night follows day, sadness follows joy, and opposition public applause, in order that our souls may abide in God alone, who is above all change.” (CCD 6:1-2)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Dear Lord, when I am surrounded by change and conflict, I look to you as my rock of safety. In you is all my confidence.

Daily Reflection – April 16

“Humility is a virtue which Jesus Christ has exceedingly loved, and which He came to teach to the world. The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, you never deny a humble, contrite heart. Since humility is truth, teach me to recognize the good as well as the bad within me and be encouraged to change what needs changing.

Daily Reflection – April 15

“It would never do to have hearts and fortunes sink together.” (CW 1:107)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– To fail at something without losing heart takes a lot of courage. I will pray for the grace to keep on forging ahead in spite of the obstacles I may encounter.

Daily Reflection – April 14

“Reputation is but an empty bubble when it is not founded on truth, and when established on this basis, it has nothing to fear.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, it isn’t easy to be totally honest and truthful in today’s world. Help me to value integrity more than gain of any sort.

Daily Reflection – April 13

“Who are we to believe that we should be exempt from public calamities? Is it not reasonable that we should suffer with the rest?” (SW: 396)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– O God, times of trouble are inevitable. How easy it is to forget that those times can be a source of growth if borne patiently. Fill me with the trust and confidence I need to make it a positive experience.

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