Daily Reflection – November 4

“Changing places does not change a man.” (CCD 7:578)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– O Lord, when I am tempted to think that a change of place will change me, help me to see that I am the one who needs to do the changing.

Daily Reflection – November 3

“Foresight is a good thing as long as it is subjected to God and His plans– but it becomes excessive when we put ourselves out to avoid something we apprehend. We expect more from our own endeavors than from God’s Providence and we imagine we are doing much when we anticipate His orders by our disorders, showing that we rely more upon human prudence than upon His word.” (CCD 4:346)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Heavenly Father, free me from excessive fear and anxiety. Give me the courage to risk when necessary, knowing you will be my comfort and support, even if I fail.

Daily Reflection – November 2

“One of the first rules of my happiness is to be satisfied with good in whatever degree I can attain it.” (CW 1:22)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– Heavenly Father, even as an earthly father is pleased with the simplest show of affection from his child, I know you are pleased with what I offer you in love, and are grateful.

Daily Reflection – November 1

“Insensibility prevents us from being touched at the sight of the corporal and spiritual wretchedness of our neighbor; it leaves us without charity, without zeal, unmoved at the offenses committed against God.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Give me, Lord, a compassionate heart, sensitive to the physical and spiritual needs of those around me.

Daily Reflection – October 31

“Do you think this will discredit you? We would have to keep ourselves shut up in a box not to be exposed to some annoyance or other!”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– O Father, sometimes I am overly sensitive about the opinions of others. Never let these feelings prevent me from moving ahead and doing what is right.

Daily Reflection – October 30

“Though for a time we may have yielded to temptation, let us now take courage and conquer the enemy by doing violence to self.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

Forgive me, Lord, for the times I have yielded to temptation and sinned. Knowing that you love me so much you died to save me is my greatest motive for avoiding sin in the future.

Daily Reflection – October 29

“In the name of God, let us have ever more and more confidence in Him; let Him guide our little barque; if it is useful and pleasing to Him, He will save it from shipwreck and no matter how the importance and variety of the works of others threatens to swamp it, it will sail with all the greater security, amidst so many good ships, so long as it keeps straight on its own course, and does not cross their track by deviating from its own path.” (CCD 4:347)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– In these uncertain and confusing times, I place my confidence in you, Lord, to guide the work of my hands so it may be values-driven and benefit those I serve.

Daily Reflection – October 28

“Sometimes a work fails, not because a similar institution has been set up beside it and outdone it, but it has brought about its own ruin by making use of means contrary to the spirit of Christ in order to maintain itself in the first place.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– As I go about my work, Lord, help me to remember how important it is to do it ethically and with the right motives. The end never does justify the means.

Daily Reflection – October 27

“You must look forward. At all events this life is worth possessing, if it were only because while we have it we are candidates for a better one.” (CW 1:47)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– Lord, help me to put away all the burdens of the past and the fears I have for the future. Take from me anything that prevents me from moving toward a greater union with you.

Daily Reflection – October 26

“Are you weary after all the happenings and difficulties of the day? Well, in the evening you have this beneficial refreshment which will give energy to all your actions.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– When cares wear me down, restore and renew me, Lord, through the reading of your Scripture.

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