Daily Reflection – August 29

“We are living at a time when one must not incur useless expense. Public distress surrounds us on all sides. It is feared that it may overtake us; and, even should we be spared, compassion should urge us to do all we can for those who suffer.” (CCD 4:280)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Today’s atmosphere of tremendous change and tight budgeting demands a great deal of creativity to maintain our work for the poor and suffering. Gift me, Lord, with the creativity I need to continue that work in spite of the obstacles I face.

Daily Reflection – August 28

“The good God will not fail to supply your need since it concerns His service, and He will do it in one way or another.” (CCD 6:557)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Dear Lord, you are so generous with your gifts and never fail to meet the needs of those who call on you. I praise and bless you for this.

Daily Reflection – August 27

“Teach poor girls as much as you possibly can, and remember that the most necessary thing of all is whatever concerns the knowledge of God and his love.” (SW 618)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– Imparting knowledge to children can be very challenging. Lord, let me also experience the joy of seeing them grow in grace and love for you.

Daily Reflection – August 26

…”we must give them a life worthy of the name.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– The poor need so much more than food and clothing. Dignity and self esteem are much harder to nurture but are nonetheless essential in breaking the circle of poverty. Today, Lord, I will make use of the opportunities of relieving whatever forms of poverty I may encounter.

Daily Reflection – August 25

“We should not indeed be doing enough for God and our neighbor if we supplied the sick merely with nourishment and medicine, and if we did not assist them with the spiritual services we owe them.” (CCD IX:50)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, let me find ways to provide for the spiritual needs of the poor I serve or at least to support those who can directly supply them.

Daily Reflection – August 24

“It is not the most learned who bear the most fruit, but those who are replenished with the most grace from God. Now who receives more grace than those who are united to his goodness as you are doing, bearing lovingly the duty which he has entrusted to you?” (CCD 7:534-535)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– O God, when I am tempted to envy those who are more gifted than I am, help me to remember that your grace is sufficient for me and doesn’t depend upon human abilities.

Daily Reflection – August 23

“Give some time every day, if it is only half an hour, to devotional reading, which is as necessary to the well-ordering of the mind as the hand of the gardener is to prevent the weeds from destroying your favorite plants.” (CW 1:219)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– Lord, I need to be nourished by reading your inspired word to keep my spiritual life alive and well. Help me to make this a priority in my life.

Daily Reflection – August 22

“Now if there ever was a good work, it is that of nursing the sick, so much so indeed that it surpasses all others in value.” (CCD X:1)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, whenever I am involved in any way with sick persons, whether at home or in the hospital, may I always see in them your image and treat them with great tenderness.

Daily Reflection – August 21

“God made the interests of the afflicted his own.” (SW 668)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– In union with you, Lord, I will take the core value of “advocacy for the poor” seriously and make the interests of the poor a real priority.

Daily Reflection – August 20

“You must expect everything from his infinite goodness.” (CCD 11:64)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, you have told us to “ask and you shall receive.” I ask you now for all those graces of which I stand so much in need. You are my strength in weakness and I rely on you.

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