Daily Reflection – December 13

“Bitterness never serves any purpose than to embitter.” (CCD 1:526)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Remove from my heart, O Lord, all traces of hatred and resentment when wrongfully treated, remembering that they serve no purpose but to harm me and displease you.

Daily Reflection – December 12

“Clothe yourselves with the dispositions which animated your Master. When he approached a sick person, it was always in the name of the Father, and by the virtue of the Holy Spirit: thus, you should always bring with you the goodness and tenderness, the love and mercy of the Father and in your speech and actions remain dependent on the guidance of the Holy Spirit.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, keep me from acting from purely human motives, remembering that whenever I see a poor person, I see you, or if I give to the poor, it is you, Jesus, who receives the gift.

Daily Reflection – December 11

“Never be hurried by anything whatsoever, and nothing can be more pressing than the necessity for your peace before God— commit everything to him that passes thro’ your hands; you will help others more by the peace and tranquility of your heart than by any eagerness or care you can bestow on them.” (CW 3b:84)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– Peace and tranquility are infectious. I know it is possible to experience this state of heart even when the outcome of a situation has been bleak. Committing all to you ahead of time can make that possible, Lord.

Daily Reflection – December 10

“I have always shunned performing good deeds in one place to gain credit in another.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Heavenly Lord, preserve me from that way of the world which is always seeking its own gain for actions performed for others.

Daily Reflection – December 9

“Remember, roses cannot be gathered except amid thorns.” (CCD 2:22)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, it has been said that we appreciate most those things for which we work the hardest. May no fear of obstacles deter me from doing your will today.

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.

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