Daily Reflection – September 13

“We must never be surprised when those upon whom we relied fail us; it is then that God steps in to do his work.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, when those in whom I trust fail me and all seems lost, teach me to forgive from my heart. Be my strength at those difficult times.

Daily Reflection – September 12

“Religion does not limit the powers of the affections, for our Blessed Savior sanctifies and approves in us all the endearing ties and connections of our existence. Religion alone can bind the cord over which neither circumstances, time, nor death have any power.”
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– How fortunate I am to have family and friends who care about me. As death begins to claim these loved ones, console me in my grieving and keep the remembrance of them alive in my heart.

Daily Reflection – September 11

“Is it to be expected that all the world approve our every proceeding and we never have occasion to find fault with the deportment of others? In that case, God would have to change human nature.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Heavenly Father, help me to ignore the disapproval and slights which sometimes come my way. Never let such things stand in the way of my moving ahead with the work I am doing for you.

Daily Reflection – September 10

“For very just reasons, God sometimes conceals from his servants the fruits of their labors, even though he blesses them with very great results.” (CCD 5:463)
– St. Vincent de Paul

When what I am doing doesn’t seem to have much meaning or the outcome seems obscure, with you at my side I know, Lord, my efforts will be rewarded no matter the results.

Daily Reflection – September 9

“Our dear Savior was never in extremes.” (CW 3a:255)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– One of my greatest needs is for balance in my life, Lord. When I begin to go off on this or that tangent, bring me back to you, who are the center of my life and all things will fall into place.

Daily Reflection – September 8

“You have a thousand reasons for rejoicing in God and for hoping for everything from him through Our Lord who dwells within you.” (CCD 8:374)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– During the day, I will find at least one specific reason for rejoicing and make it a prayer to you, Lord.

Daily Reflection – September 7

“Many contradictory things happen to us: unfavorable opinions about ourselves, our works, our intentions. These contradictions have the advantage of preventing vain-glory, of obliging us to throw ourselves more confidently into the arms of God.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Contradictions have a way of leveling my excessive pride and challenging me to rely more heavily on you, Lord. I place my confidence in you.

Daily Reflection – September 6

“What, my sister? You bear with me so much, why should I not support you?” (SW: 654)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– Heavenly Father, I ask you to help me live with my own brokenness and have the mercy to forgive and support those with whom I live or work and who also bear the burden of their own brokenness. Lay your healing hand on us and unite us in a bond of mutual charity.

Daily Reflection – September 5

“May the good pleasure of God be forever the peace and calm of your afflicted hearts.” (CCD 7:15)
– St. Vincent de Paul

“Hearken, O Lord, to my prayer and attend to the sound of my pleading. In the day of my distress I call upon you, for you will answer me.”- Psalms 86:6

Daily Reflection – September 4

“A weathervane is not more subject to air currents than the mind of a man to exterior agitations which draw him now to one thing, again to another. God permits this to test the good and to make them turn more strongly to him. Blessed are those who submit to his guidance, trusting his goodness and remaining peaceful amid these storms!” (CCD 6:449)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, in time of confusion, I thank you for being my rock of safety and the beacon leading me out of distress.

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