ENCOURAGE(ment) FROM ST. VINCENT DePAUL

 

Every now and again our humanness gets the better of us.  We wallow in our self misery especially when we ruminate over the lifestyle choices our loved ones make.  We beat ourselves up, dispair over what we have done, what we could have done, what we failed to do.  Sure does seems like the self-mortification  sentences of the Penitential Rite.

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Of course, that mindset can grip us tightly, drive us (and those around us) crazy.  We don’t seem to have to ability to let go.  To accept ourselves as we are, the people who try our best for our loved ones, and truly believe that is enough.  Why isn’t it enough?  Why do we think we have the right to judge ourselves? And find ourselves wanting?

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Today, St. Vincent DePaul shares some intriguing words with us.  As eloquently stated above, we need to keep our hearts open, open to God’s wonderful graces.  We find ourselves in a state of self loathing when we decide that we know better that of the Almighty.  

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But why am I focusing on our Saint of the day.  Sure, He was renowned for his compassion, humility and generosity.  But most of all, his greatest contribution may have come as a spiritual director.  

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His humbleness and absolute subjection to our Lord make his words resound even louder so many centuries after his heyday.  

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It is his work with the poor, in this case, the poor in spirit, to which I find hope.  Know that I have done my best then surrender the completion to God.  Sure it’s hard.  It doesn’t seen natural to surrender while putting up the good fight.  But like Moses was never allowed to  step foot in the promised land, we are not guaranteed that our efforts will be rewarded in our lifetime, therefore the solution, the only solution, has to be our faith, hope and love of the Trinity.  And let us ask this great saint, who, above all else, can expertly direct us to the serenity that our efforts will be accredited to our loved ones as they struggle with their heavy cross in life.  Let us pray to St. Vincent DePaul in the words below.

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