Daily Reflection – December 8

“We should overcome our sensitiveness, paying little attention as to whether we are addressed or not, or to the degree of affability with which we are treated, but let us try to gain all hearts by cordiality and support.” (SW:115)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– Lord, no matter how crowded my schedule may be, help me to have a positive attitude toward everyone I meet today, avoiding abruptness and impatience that will do nothing to draw them to you.

Daily Reflection – December 7

“One mistake should not be corrected by another.” (CCD 7:631)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– May I remember this as I go about my work, Lord.

Daily Reflection – December 6

“Indiscreet zeal is not good– people often spoil good works by rushing ahead and by acting according to their own inclinations which, contrary to common sense, make them think that the good they see to be done is feasible and timely, although this is not so; their error is recognized in the resulting lack of success.” (CCD 4:128)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– O God, sometimes I discourage others by holding to my own ideas because I think they are superior to theirs. Forgive me for this, and give me the humility to listen and be open to others.

Daily Reflection – December 5

“I must jog along the allotted path through all its windings and weariness until it brings me home where all tears shall be wiped away, and sorrow and sighing be heard no more. In the meanwhile, Courage!” (CW 1:345)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– My way to you, Lord, has often been hampered by attachment to the many “idols” in my life which serve to distract me from where you want me to go. Give me the courage to identify these “idols” and root them out of my life.

Daily Reflection – December 4

“Raise your soul to God and listen to what He will tell you on the subject.” (CCD 7:623)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– When decision-making is particularly difficult today, Lord, I will take a few moments to seek your counsel.

Daily Reflection – December 3

“If the love of God is a fire, zeal is its flame; if love is a sun, zeal is its ray.” (CCD 12:250)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– O God, may the work of my hands be done with enthusiasm as well as efficiency. Help me give all my work today that extra touch of fervor.

Daily Reflection – December 2

“The world sometimes censures us for not conforming to certain of its requirements; but it is edified when it discovers that we are influenced by principles of virtue, whilst it justly condemns those who are gained over by its false applause.” (SW: 538)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– Heavenly Lord, give me the courage to be more assertive in defending my personal values and the teachings of my faith when challenged to do so.

Daily Reflection – December 1

“It does not suffice for me to love God if my neighbor does not love him.” (CCD 12:215)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, you have graced me with your love in so many countless ways. Make me aware of opportunities to make you known to those who don’t know you.

Daily Reflection – November 30

“Proceed quietly, pray a great deal and act together.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, there is much to be gained by listening to the wisdom of others. Help me to be a good team member and find my peace in working for the common good.

Daily Reflection – November 29

“Nothing can be worse than a state of dependence. But if it is my allotment it cannot be better than when supplied by the hand of real friendship.” (CW 1:380)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– Heavenly Father, I offer to you, today, my independence which I value so much and place all my trust in your Divine Providence knowing it will always provide what I need.

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