+ On Mary:
Many women I know don’t feel a natural closeness to our blessed Mother Mary, and I can imagine why: Mary was born without sin — how can we relate to that?? I get that.
Here’s what I like to remind myself of, though, when those thoughts come and go from my mind:
While Mary was without sin, she didn’t live her life without fear (“she was troubled” Luke 1:29 ), without pain (“Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce)” Luke 2:34), or without sorrow (“Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother…” John 19:25).
We can strive to imitate Mary’s Fiat — her consent, allowing the Holy Spirit and the Lord to work in our lives in intimate and unplanned ways. But we can also take comfort that she experienced many of the emotions we feel and grapple with.
And we can lean on her because she is willing to look at our crosses and to stand with us while we hold them today, just as she did for Jesus.
Mary is at the foot of our cross. She is here to offer us her love, her comfort and her prayers. ❤️❤️❤️
We can gain strength from her extraordinary Fiat and empathy from her human experience.
+ On Modesty:
This week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter includes a Swimsuit Edition! I asked on Instastories last week what women look for in a swimsuit, and here are a few of the answers I heard the most:
“Something that I can move in, bend down in, and not fall out of”
“Something that covers everything without looking like a bag”
With those responses in mind, here are some of the suits I picked out to include in this week’s newsletter (which you can sign up for here):
*Note: One thing I’ve learned about modesty is that while something may be modest for one woman, it may not be modest for another. Here’s a great resource on modesty, and particularly what modesty is not.
I share this newsletter every Monday, and it includes:
+ A Prayer Tip based on Sunday’s Mass Readings & Homily (this week, it’s all about how Jesus comes to rescue us)
+ Recipes (mostly gluten-free or paleo; this week, it’s salmon meatballs & a breakfast sausage casserole)
+ Links to Budget-Friendly Home Decor & Fashion
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