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1. “You must be holy in the way God asks you to be holy. God does not ask you to be a Trappist Monk or a hermit. He wills that you sanctify your everyday life.”St. Vincent Palotti So true. We can live a sanctifying life right where we are. That’s what we’re called to do! In our homes. Within our marriages, and with our families & friends. While we do the laundry. And cook dinner. And take care of our sick loved ones. When we pray for just a few minutes at the beginning & end of our days. When we speak with kindness & love to someone we just met. When we smile at a stranger. This is loving, and this is how an ordinary life can be a sanctifying one. 

2. Are you waiting for something, friends? You’re not alone.  I’m walking this path with you. With hope. And light. And love. God will not disappoint. “If it delays, wait for it, it will surely come. It will not be late.” — Habakkuk, 2:3

3. “There is a difference between being filled and being satisfied. The people seeking Christ after the miracle of the loaves and fish were filled yet still not satisfied. And you know what? We are the same. We are starving for anything that will linger longer than a moment, provide more than an Instagram memory, or provide a balm for the scars we conceal, yet seemingly content being filled and bandaged with pleasures of this world….” – Tricia Tembreull, Blessed Is She

4. When St. Zelie was dying from cancer, she made a trip to Lourdes in hopes that it would bring about healing. I’ve made that sort of trip before. I know what that’s like. And instead of receiving that healing and relief, Zelie continued to near the end of her life. She didn’t get what she had hoped and prayed for. She wrote, “The Blessed Mother didn’t cure me in Lourdes. What can you do, my time is at an end, and God wants me to rest elsewhere other than on earth.” (Letter 216) This really struck me. How often do I take God’s answer to a prayer — especially when it is not the answer I was looking for — and say, “What can you do? God wants something else.” Instead, I more often fight it and keep searching for my answer — keep asking for it, anyway, in my prayers. I need to learn better how to accept God’s answers, and to be willing to embrace them even, when they’re not what I had hoped for… (more here).

5.“Be willing and even proactive in explicitly asking for forgiveness from your spouse.” — Our most recent interview (“Family Faith Snapshots”) with Katie Warner over on the National Catholic Register! 

6. “The book of Isaiah, in prophesying the messiah, describes him as “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” We’re told “by his wounds we are healed.” For those of the Christian faith, God is a God of wounds, where the road to redemption passes directly through suffering. There is some solace in knowing that while at times life is not easy for us, it was also hard for the God of the New Testament. And from suffering, compassion can emerge, meaning to suffer with another — that disposition, in turn, often leads to acts of mercy. I have seen enough of life to know that grief will leave its mark. But I have also seen enough of life to know that so, too, will love.” – Peter Wehner 

7. “The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day.” – St. Gianna Beretta Molla St. Gianna Beretta Molla, pray for us! That we will live for God’s glory. That we will know & live out His will. That we will live with Him — and you — in eternity one day.

8. “In John 6:1-15, we hear of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes. So little has been transformed by Jesus into so much. I reflect today on the word “enough” – when have I convinced myself that I don’t have enough, am not strong enough, talented enough, smart enough…and the list goes on… When will I realize that Jesus is ENOUGH for me to face anything that daily life presents?” – Sisters of the St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception

9. “Life is what it is, that’s the reality. It’s exactly as God wants it to be, or as God allows it to be, it is what it is, and we have to accept it as it is. And the Spirit of the Lord will give us the solution to our problems.” – Pope Francis

10. “Our actions dignify all involved:

  • We dignify mothers and fathers by helping with resources.
  • We dignify post-abortive women and men by bringing healing and hope.
  • We dignify other pro-lifers—both students and partners like you, who support us as valuable partners in creating a culture of life.
  • We even dignify pro-choice students and activists as we work to transform their hearts.

Therefore, as of today, Students for Life of Illinois is officially weDignify.” — WeDignify

11. “God’s heart calls to our hearts, inviting us to come out of ourselves, to forsake our human certainties, to trust in him, and, by following his example, to make ourselves a gift of unbounded love.” (Pope Benedict XVI) — My Small, Everyday Offering

12. “That ghost of resentment or anger, fear or sadness — any emotion — they’re neutral in and of themselves. It’s just how we choose to react to them that makes the difference.” — Alanna Boudreau

13. “I was very angry with God and couldn’t understand why He would put us through such suffering.” – Amy Thomas, Author of the Catholic Pilgrim: Living Out the Faith, writing for Spoken Bride

14. The history of the Our Lady, Undoer of Knots painting (it has to do with a troubled marriage!)