Daily Reflection – July 31

“Perseverance is a great grace. To go on gaining and advancing every day, we must be resolute, and bear and suffer as our blessed forerunners did. Which of them gained heaven without a struggle?”
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Lord, when I am struggling with pain in my life, remind me that I am never left to face it alone.

Daily Reflection – July 30

“Rely upon God, and you will have the fulfillment of whatever your heart desires.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

What is my heart’s desire? Sometimes I’m not even sure, but of this I am very sure, God’s love for me is unconditional and in surrendering myself to it, I know my needs will be satisfied.

Daily Reflection – July 29

“Though truth and sincerity should ever guard our words, yet we should be careful never to offend others.”
– St. Louise de Marillac

Lord, in the name of “sincerity” never let my words injure or embarrass others. Teach me to be sensitive to their feelings and treat them as I would want to be treated.

Daily Reflection – July 28

“Free your mind of anything that troubles you; God will take care of it.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

When my worries loom heavily over me, I will surrender them all to your care, Lord, and place myself under your loving protection.

Daily Reflection – July 27

“It may come to your mind that you have not enough intelligence to conduct so large and difficult a house. To this I shall reply that there will be two of you
to do it: Our Lord and yourself, and with Him, all is possible.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

Lord, you have said that your grace is sufficiently given for whatever you ask of us. Knowing that is a comfort to me and I will ask for what I need, in your most powerful name.

Daily Reflection – July 26

“How liable we are to err in our judgments respecting others unless we thoroughly know the motives of their actions.”
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

How easy it is to rashly judge the actions of others! Lord, if I err regarding others, let it be on the side of charity.

Daily Reflection – July 25

“Evenness of temper is a particular virtue, a state which supposes an aggregate of all the virtues, an external manifestation of the peace and beauty of the interior.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

How many occasions for petty aggravation come up during the course of my fast moving days! When I am aware of this, I will try to pause, take a break and “lighten up”. Lord, help me to become patient with others and also with myself.

Daily Reflection – July 24

“…Our vocation is to set the hearts of men on fire, to do what the Son of God did, who came to set the world on fire…”
– St. Vincent de Paul
Inspire me with enthusiasm for your work, Lord, that others may be drawn closer to You by my example.

Daily Reflection – July 23

“The virtue of gratitude will prepare our hearts to receive the graces we need to serve the sick and poor with meekness and compassion.”
– St. Louise de Marillac

Lord, I am humbled by the many ways you continually bless me and the great privilege I have of serving you in the poor. May I always treat them with the respect and compassion they deserve.

Daily Reflection – July 22

“No matter what others say or do, even if the wicked succeed, do not be troubled: commit everything to God and put your trust in him.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

If I place my trust in you, Lord, I will not be concerned about what others think or do.

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