This week’s must-reads:

But, first: I’m sending out my first newsletter for the ladies who are a part of the Catholic Wife, Catholic Life private, online Community! I’m including things like prayer tips, saint quotes, recipes to try, and budget-friendly fashion & home goods. You can sign up to receive the newsletter here.

1. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I shared this quote last week: “It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.” (St. John Paul II)  I’ve seen this quote a lot in the last few years. It’s a good one. But I also wish I had seen what actually follows in his speech, which is so valuable as well, and it’s this:

“He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.⁣

“It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.” ⁣

Thank you, St. John Paul II, for this reminder. 🙌🏻❤️🙌🏻❤️

2. We celebrated the feast of St. John Paul II on Monday! Here are some of my favorite quotes of his…

3. God Does Actually Give Us More Than We Can Handle

4. “Complaining isn’t a vice because God doesn’t want to listen to our whining. Quite the contrary. It is a vice because it undermines our trust in him and his providence in our lives.” – Megan Schrieber

5. How Happy Marriages Got That Way

6. “Through the years, I’ve carried the cross of unwanted singleness. I’ve carried the cross of infertility. I’ve carried the cross of someone I love being seriously ill. I’ve carried the cross of major surgeries, horrible bosses, financial troubles, the death of loved ones, the loss of friends, out of control house renovations, unreasonable deadlines, and one seriously insane adoption process. I’ve also carried the cross of myself—my temper, my inability to hold my tongue, my impatience, my selfishness, my anxieties, my fears.

So, when it comes to the crosses that come with mothering a newborn? I will take those crosses in a New York minute, every day of the week and twice on Sunday.”  – Emily Stimpson Chapman

7. “I may have a Master’s from Harvard, but my education was perfected through the beauty and truth of my vocation to motherhood.” – Adele, Simple Life Musings

8. “You’re allowed to be a hot mess and you’re allowed to be a shiny woman and you’re allowed to be some hybrid of the two. Be exactly who God created you to be and don’t worry if it doesn’t match up with what other people have going on. Ignore those silly bloggers (ahem) who spend their precious time writing about what is and what is not relatable. Those people don’t know what they’re talking about anyway, trust.” – Diana Divulges

9. “Pride is the original sin through which we desire to be God, to always be right, and to have power. No joy can come from pride, but we continue on this path in vain. It is only through an emptying out of ourselves that we are able to grow in humility and abandon pride through the grace God gives to us. It is when we forget ourselves that we are filled up and our relationships become what God means for them to be and we are infused with joy.” – Constance Hull

10. {Podcast recommendation!} Three phrases you should stop using (and what to say instead) in order to build a culture of life — that’s the latest episode my friend Morgan recorded for the weDignify podcast. (WeDignify is my favorite pro-life organization!) Here’s a clue about ’em: they relate to empathy, adoption and pregnancy announcements. One of them is something that has been so meaningful for me to learn & change in my own conversations in the last year. ❤️🙌🏻 I highly recommend listening. You can find the episode and subscribe to the podcast here.