Daily Reflection – October 14

“The will of God cannot be made known to us more clearly than when events happen without our concurrence or contrary to what we had asked.” (CCD 5:459)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– When things don’t go as I planned, Lord, help me to see with the eyes of faith, that what did occur is indeed your plan.

Daily Reflection – October 13

“God is all powerful, while we are weak. We make virtue consist in what it is not; it cannot be found in excesses. How little the Son of God achieved; it was the apostles who had the greater results.” (CCD 13b:438)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– When I am tempted to put too much stock in success and find myself not getting the recognition I think I deserve, Lord, let me find comfort in the example of your life.

Daily Reflection – October 12

“The holy will of God has assigned to us our present employment. We should perform our work with the fidelity of an ambassador executing the orders of his sovereign.” (SW: 208)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– When I find myself straying away from what I know in my heart is your will for me, Lord, remind me that crosses and difficulties are a fact of life and not to give into such temptations. I rely on you to keep me faithful.

Daily Reflection – October 11

“As long as we are Christians we are obligated to support ill-humor of our neighbor and try to sweeten it.” (CCD 5:412)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– When tempted to resent the moody behavior of my neighbor today, remind me, Lord, that tomorrow my neighbor will be putting up with me.

Daily Reflection – October 10

“Have great trust in God. Ask Him to be always in your heart, in your words and in your actions and may everyone recognize that you are His.” (CCD 2:231)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, be with me throughout this day that all I think do or say may identify me as belonging to you.

Daily Reflection – October 9

“Eternity! That voice to be everywhere understood. Eternity! To love and serve Him only who is to be loved and eternally served and praised in heaven.” (CW 3a:523)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– Heavenly Father, when I experience the grief of losing those I love in death, it is my greatest consolation to know we will be reunited again in the blessed Eternity.

Daily Reflection – October 8

“I beg of you not to rush that affair, but let Divine Providence act.” (CCD 3:368)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, I am so impatient to move ahead that I neglect to seek your counsel, sometimes even acting rashly. Inspire me with the wisdom to know when to wait and when to act.

Daily Reflection – October 7

“We must know how to dispose of our time with order and method, otherwise nothing is done; or if we do work, we get through very little, because the work is not regular. Irregularity and inconsistency never obtain a good result.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– When I find myself going in a hundred directions without accomplishing what I should – help me, Lord, to concentrate on the essentials and not be distracted by what is not important.

Daily Reflection – October 6

“More is required of us than to go, to come, and to give; our intentions should be pure and thoroughly devoid of self-interest.”
– St. Louise de Marillac

– Lord, remove from me the desire to please others or have myself noticed because of what I do in your service. Let the good deeds be done for you alone.

Daily Reflection – October 5

“Nature demands that trees be deeply rooted before they can bear fruit and this is a gradual process.” (CCD 5:219)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, help me to realize that my spiritual growth is the work of a lifetime; I must be deeply rooted in you for my work to become fruitful.

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