Daily Reflection

“We cannot have peace with God, with our neighbor and with ourselves, unless Jesus Christ grants it to us.” (SW: 197)
– St. Louise de Marillac

– Teach me how to pray, Lord, remembering that you are always willing to provide me with what I need if I but ask.

Daily Reflection

“We should consider that day happy in which we have either prevented any evil or done any good.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, empower me to be your instrument of peace today, realizing that even one person can make a difference.

Daily Reflection

“What can shut us out from the love of Him who will ever dwell within us through love?” (CW 1:266)
– St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

– Divine Lord; let nothing ever separate me from your love, on which I greatly depend.

Daily Reflection

“Have the courage to own up to one’s omissions and blunders.” (CCD 9:219)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– To admit to my failures takes a lot of humility and courage. Rather than yielding to despondency, let me see these occasions as times of growth, painful as they may be.

Daily Reflection

“Charity opens the heart and triggers dialogue so much desired by the Church. It unveils to the poor man, the true image of God.”
– Rev. Joseph Jamet, C.M.

– Lord, keep me mindful that few problems will not respond to dialogue undertaken with good will and respect.

Daily Reflection

“Always, the hand of God is outstretched for those who wish to clasp it.”
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, what would I ever do without your support? Take my hand and lead me because so often I don’t know where to go or what to do.

Daily Reflection

“It is an obligation for us to inconvenience ourselves for the service of the poor.” (CCD 7:52)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Lord, teach me patience in the face of obstacles I sometimes meet as I perform my daily work. Help me to do this work even when it is unappealing. With you all things are possible!

Daily Reflection

“Overcome your timidity and go out boldly into the slums and visit those unknown to you who have never come near your parish church.”
– Bl. Frederic Ozanam

– What is my attitude toward the homeless, the derelict, the abused or the AIDS sufferer? Lord, give me the courage and compassion to seek out the poor more directly.

Daily Reflection

“God wishes you to attend to your patients’ spiritual necessities as well as their physical needs.” (CCD X:538)
– St. Vincent de Paul

– Sickness is a very vulnerable time in anyone’s life. Heavenly Father, keep me aware that you are at work in those who are suffering and how necessary it is to support the spiritual healing that may be taking place.

Daily Reflection

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

“The Lord is close to the broken-hearted; and those who are crushed in spirit He saves.” Psalm 34:18

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