Wednesday, May 24, 2017
“You mustn't ask for anything that concerns this earth and are of no use for heaven.”
 —--ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (VINCENT DE PAUL CORRESPONDENCE, CONFERENCES, DOCUMENTS, Volume 10; Letter 81, Page 220; The Practice of Asking For and Refusing Nothing, 17 June, 1657)
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
“I desire all of them to be filled with a great love which will immerse them so sweetly in God and so charitably in the service of the poor that their hearts will no longer have place for so many thoughts which endanger their perseverance.”
 —--ST. LOUISE DE MARILLAC ("Full text" [1991]. Spiritual Writings. Paper 11. http://via.library.depaul.edu/ldm/11)
Monday, May 22, 2017
“I hope also that you will all live in peace in order to advance in virtue, lighten each other's burdens, and be a consolation to one another in your heavy labors. In so doing, you will draw down upon yourselves the blessings of heaven and earth.”
 —--ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (VINCENT DE PAUL CORRESPONDENCE, CONFERENCES, DOCUMENTS, Volume 5; Letter 1685, Page 57 - 58; To Sister Henriette Gesseaume, 18 November, 1653)
Sunday, May 21, 2017
“Oh, what an excellent way of life, hard on nature but sweet and easy for souls enlightened by eternal truths and by the awareness of the joy to be found in pleasing God and in allowing Him full mastery over their wills!”
 —--ST. LOUISE DE MARILLAC ("Full text" [1991]. Spiritual Writings. Paper 11. http://via.library.depaul.edu/ldm/11)
Saturday, May 20, 2017
“Where did this custom originate? You know better than I that good Christian ceremonies are ancient, beginning with the Gospel and the Epistles of Saint Paul. The first Christians had the custom of visiting one another, sympathizing with and consoling one another. Those duties of friendship have come down to us and have a Christian foundation; that's what they did, and we still do it.”
 —--ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (Volume 12; Letter 207 Page 222-223; Charity [Common Rules, Chap. II, Art. 12] 30 May, 1659)
Friday, May 19, 2017
“The more difficult a place is for service the more we must rely on assistance from heaven when we are striving to labor for the pure love of God.”
 —--ST. LOUISE DE MARILLAC ("Full text" [1991]. Spiritual Writings. Paper 11. http://via.library.depaul.edu/ldm/11)
Thursday, May 18, 2017
“Let’s do our best beginning right now…to give ourselves to God in everything always, and everywhere, in order to be hungry and thirsty for this justice. We are Your children, who throw ourselves into Your arms to imitate Your practices; give us this grace. Since we can’t do it ourselves, we ask if of You, we hope for it from You, and we do so with confidence and a great desire to follow You.”
 —--ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (VINCENT DE PAUL CORRESPONDENCE, CONFERENCES, DOCUMENTS, Volume 12; Letter 200 Page 137; A Conversation with M. Louis Langlois, March 1659)
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
“Remember, my dear Sister, the advice that Monsieur Vincent gave you: proceed very slowly.”
 —--ST. LOUISE DE MARILLAC ("Full text" [1991]. Spiritual Writings. Paper 11. http://via.library.depaul.edu/ldm/11)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
“If after so much effort and prayer, the matter is not successful, it will be a clear sign that God does not will it.”
 —--ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (VINCENT DE PAUL CORRESPONDENCE, CONFERENCES, DOCUMENTS, Volume 3; Letter 1138 Page 480; To Étienne Blatiron, 17 September, 1649)
Monday, May 15, 2017
“How fortunate you are, my dear sisters to have so many sick to serve! oh how evident it is that God loves you since he provides you with so many opportunities to serve Him! Continue to do so, I beg you, for love of Him, with all the gentleness, concern and charity required of you.”
 —--ST. LOUISE DE MARILLAC ("Full text" [1991]. Spiritual Writings. Paper 11. http://via.library.depaul.edu/ldm/11)
Sunday, May 14, 2017
“And that, Sisters, was the beginning of your Company. As it wasn’t then what it is now, there’s reason to believe that it’s still not what it will be when God has perfected it as He wants it.”
 —--ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (VINCENT DE PAUL CORRESPONDENCE, CONFERENCES, DOCUMENTS, Volume 9; Letter 24; Page 24; Love of Vocation and Assistance to the Poor, 13 February, 1646)
Saturday, May 13, 2017
“Pray for the entire company and ask Our Lord to send laborers for His work if He wants it to continue. Requests for more Sisters come from so many places that it is impossible to satisfy all of them.”
 —--ST. LOUISE DE MARILLAC ("Full text" [1991]. Spiritual Writings. Paper 11. http://via.library.depaul.edu/ldm/11)
Friday, May 12, 2017
“May God be pleased to put His own good hand to it!”
 —--ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (VINCENT DE PAUL CORRESPONDENCE, CONFERENCES, DOCUMENTS, Volume 7; Letter 2588; Page 168; To Firmin Get, 17 May, 1658)
Thursday, May 11, 2017
“…do not be burdensome to anyone, treat every individual with gentleness and respect, always using kind words and requests and never harsh or offensive expressions. Nothing is more capable of winning hearts than this humble, gentle way of acting, nor consequently better able to help you attain your goal...”
 —--ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (VINCENT DE PAUL CORRESPONDENCE, CONFERENCES, DOCUMENTS, Volume 8; Letter 3027, Page 202; To Nicolas Étienne, 22 November, 1659)