Happy new year! Here are this week’s must-reads:
+ “We all struggle with the lie that God withholds from or is holding out on us. But a good Father does not give His Heart in pieces. He gives us every single part of His Heart, His presence. It is all ours for the taking, we only need to ask and receive.” — Patty Breen
+ “Lord, I know that you love me and have a plan for my life. As I face this new year, help me say “yes” to what you have in store for me. Amen.”
— Catholic Faith Formation
+ “Let’s resolve to set our minds on the One who dwells within. Jesus said, “the kingdom of God is within you” (Lk 17:21). It’s so easy to fall into the habit of thinking that God is “out their somewhere,” distant. And we try, through our prayers, to get Him interested, hoping that He will hear us, that He will draw near. Too often, we forget the fact that He couldn’t be closer to us, and that all we need to do is to turn to Him in the quiet of our hearts. That is where He is, always, every day, around the clock. He longs to meet you there, to talk with you.” — Peter Herbeck
+ “God wants us to know that He is not far away. He came in human form so that we could encounter His light, shining through our own flesh and bone.
He is here, for every person, in the form of a person. We can carry that light with us throughout our lives.” — Unleash the Gospel
+ “Through the biblical prophets, God unveiled the deeper significance of marriage. Marriage is not just a social convention; it is a holy, God-given vocation, meant to be the earthly image of the love between God and his people. “For your husband is your Maker, the Lord of hosts is his name” (Is 54:5). God’s love is that of a faithful bridegroom passionately in love with his bride.” — Dr. Mary Healy
+ “He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life, He may shorten it;
He knows what He is about.
He may take away my friends,
He may throw me among strangers,
He may make me feel desolate,
make my spirits sink, hide the future from me
– still He knows what He is about.” — St. John Henry Newman
+ “You just hold Him. And love Him. And pray.” — Lonnie Lacy
+ Below is a preview of things I included in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter over on Patreon!
I share this newsletter every Monday and it always includes: two gluten-free recipes, a prayer reflection based on Sunday’s Mass readings, and links to budget-friendly fashion & home decor.