Daily Reflection

“Continue to view the affairs and doings of the neighbor in a spirit of charity; should his actions have a hundred sides, always look at the best.” (CCD 2:638)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Because you alone can read the motives of others, Lord, only you can judge their actions. Make me ever mindful of my own sinfulness and need for forgiveness.

Daily Reflection

“We should raise our eyes to God at the beginning of our actions; make an act of humility, knowing ourselves unworthy to perform them, and an act of charity, undertaking them for His love and offering them to Him united to the same actions which His Son performed while He was on earth.” (SW: 493)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– Lord, I consecrate to you every action of my day. May each hour bring me to further opportunities to serve you. To your glory be all the good accomplished.

Daily Reflection

“Know how to maintain silence in order to fulfill the demand of professional secrecy.” (CCD 13b:159)

– St. Vincent de Paul

– No harm can ever result from keeping confidences secure, while failures can only result in dire consequences. Lord, grant me a great respect for my professional responsibilities in this regard.

Daily Reflection

“Charity, in order to be Christian, must be directed to the individual person, thus counteracting the contrary trends which are so much in evidence today. It must be respectful and impartial.”
– Rev. Joseph Jamet, C.M.

– Lord, if it is your face I see in every person I meet today, I can’t help but honor and respect the image.

Daily Reflection

“Your nightly duty is laden with heavy responsibility and it is only through rest, sensibly taken, that you will possess the presence of mind your duty demands.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Often the press of responsibilities is so great I fail to attend to my own personal needs. Help me to realize that burning the candle at both ends can only result in destroying the whole thing when the two ends finally do meet.

Daily Reflection

“The sign of Christ’s love possessing a heart: Liberty of mind, constant awareness of others’ needs and the demands of the apostolate.”
– Mother Suzanne Guillemin, D.C.

– Father, today, I will try to listen to the needs of those around me.

Daily Reflection

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

– Lord, I know that without your help, I can do nothing good or worthwhile. Forgive me for the times I have wanted recognition for what I have done.

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.

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