Daily Reflection – May 31

“We should assist the poor in every way and do it both by ourselves and by enlisting the help of others… to do this is to preach the gospel by word and by work.” (CCD 12:77-78)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, make my love for you be like a living flame which spreads itself to all in its path, its intensity transformed into loving care of your poor.

Daily Reflection – May 30

“I think God gives you enough courage to make good use of all the slanders; provided he be not offended, what do you care?” (SW:393)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– It is painful to know someone hates or dislikes me. At those times, Lord, make me strong enough to forgive unconditionally as you would have me do.

Daily Reflection – May 29

“Picture to yourself that there are millions of souls with outstretched arms calling you!” (CCD 1:245)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– The needs of the poor are so vast; it overwhelms me to think of who needs help the most. Instead of dwelling on what I am unable to do, Lord, inspire me with an awareness of the needs of those I meet today and what I can do to make a difference in their lives.

Daily Reflection – May 28

“I see that faith is a gift of God to be diligently sought and earnestly desired, and groan to him for it in silence, since our Savior says I cannot come to him unless the Father draws me.” (CW 1:371-372)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– When my daily agenda is too full and a multitude of noisy distractions surround me, it is hard to hear your invitation to come apart and rest in you. Be with me as I once more reorder my priorities. Without you, nothing else matters.

Daily Reflection – May 27

“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 – May 26

“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 – May 25

“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 – May 24

“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 – May 22

“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 – May 21

“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.

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