Daily Reflection – December 28

“Sooner or later, good works speak a far more advantageous language than whatever is done for ostentation and display.” (CCD 2:311)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– O Lord, may I find true contentment in working quietly, knowing that my only true reward is in knowing it is done for your glory.

Daily Reflection – December 27

“Envy begins to appear here regarding the employment you expected. Charity, humility and patience will dispel this cloud, I hope.” (CCD 9:556)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Whenever I am overlooked or disregarded, Lord, keep me from all thoughts of self-pity or regret. Your love will preserve me in peace.

Daily Reflection – December 26

“Though our service be rejected, let us believe that whatever happens is for the best. Do we not know that God draws his own glory from contempt?” (SW:290)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– Rejection is never easy to accept; especially when it comes from those I have trusted. When this happens, be with me Jesus and help me work through the resentment I may feel and regain my peace of mind.

Daily Reflection – December 25

“The joy of Christmas is not a joy made up of childhood memories, of Christian customs piously retained; it is a profound and ever new joy, a joy of today.”
– Reverend Joseph Jamet, CM

– Lord, Jesus, can I ever thank you enough for the tremendous gift of redemption you obtained for me by becoming incarnate?

Daily Reflection – December 24

“Give me a man of prayer, and he will be capable of doing all things.” (CCD 11:76)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– When I am so bogged down with the pressures of work and there are no possible solutions to problems I face, inspire me to pause and lift my burden to you who promised to make it light.

Daily Reflection – December 23

“We must strive to soften our hearts and make them sensitive to the suffering and worries of the neighbor.” (CCD 12:221)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, create in me a sensitive heart, always open to those who need a listening ear or a helping hand.

Daily Reflection – December 22

“While I warn you of your faults, my own come before my eyes!”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Whenever I must correct anyone, Lord, keep before me my own faults and let me do it in the same way I myself would like to be treated.

Daily Reflection – December 21

“Let us leave to God our justification.” (SW:650)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– When I am unjustly criticized, instead of becoming defensive about it, I will leave the justification to you, Lord.

Daily Reflection – December 20

“God is very good to tolerate me!”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– How long will it take, Lord, for me to realize that your love for me is unconditional! I am grateful for your presence within me.

Daily Reflection – December 19

“Beg God to grant us a genuine spirit of mercy which is the spiritual characteristic of God.” (CCD 11:308)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, when I am tempted to be stubborn and unrelenting, remind me of the times you showed boundless mercy in forgiving my sins. Help me to imitate your example.

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