–> Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to check out some things I shared in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter! I share this newsletter every Monday and it always includes two gluten-free recipes, a reflection & prayer based on Sunday’s Mass Readings (this week, it’s about learning more about who Jesus is and what He is trying to speak to us through His word), and links to budget-friendly fashion & home decor. 🌸🌸🌸
Here are this week’s must-reads:
+ This made me weep — this sweet boy, his faith, his endurance: “Meet Carson Kissell. He is only 13 and despite the fact he suffers from a very painful skin condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa, he always has a smile on his face and finds strength in his Catholic faith. Carson broadcasts live on Facebook every day, praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet.” — Watch here.
+ “Every time I started feeling sorry for myself, every time I wondered if our situation could get any worse, I encountered someone whose suffering was graver than my own. These brief interactions enabled me to express prayers of thanksgiving—gratitude for the suffering I had—instead of anger and resentment for the suffering I faced.” — Colleen Duggan
+ “Someone asked how. Practically, how do you content yourself with the present moment when it’s so far from what you’d wished? That’s a big question. And it’s probably going to look different for everyone. But for me, it’s a lot of repetitive prayer. I cry. Often a lot. And, voice shaking, through the tears, I say, “Jesus, I love you more.“ More than my dreams, more than my sorrow. “Jesus, I choose you.” Again and again and again. Because I can’t make myself feel delight. I can’t make myself glad at the parts of my life I would so eagerly change. But I can remind myself that he is good, even when life isn’t. I can be grateful for who he is, even when everything else seems awful. I can curl into his embrace and weep and know that I’m held.And that begins to soothe the ache, calm the waves, and leave me with something akin to delight.” — Meg Hunter-Kilmer
+ “We have these dreams, these plans, where God is going to make us holy, where God is going to use us. And very rarely is it somewhere else, it’s always right here. Very rarely is it some other time, it is almost always right now.“ — Fr. Mike Schmitz
+ “We make a mistake if we think that because Mary is the Mother of God that this somehow meant that she escaped the more painful experiences of life. In fact, it is better to think that because of the depth of her relationship with Christ, the sad facts of life were enhanced for her rather than dulled. She experienced life knowing the full cost of humanity’s refusal to love, and saw for herself the terrible cost in the manner that her beloved Son suffered and died. All the while in the midst of the pain filled way of the cross she trusted that God was present, even if such a presence could not be felt or offered little in the way of relief or consolation.” – Fr. Steve Grunow, Word On Fire Catholic Ministries
+ John Paul II experienced so much loss in his lifetime. His mom died when he was nine years old, his older brother died just four years later. After his mom passed away, his dad – who was a soldier in the Polish army – took him on a pilgrimage to a shrine in Kalwaria. There, he showed John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyła) an image of Jesus’ Mother and says, “You have lost your mother. But you will never lose this Mother. She will always be with you.” And that’s something that John Paul II took with him for the rest of his life. He had this relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary to lean on, to receive love and support from, especially after he lost his father as a young adult. And when he became the pope, his episcopal motto was “Totus tuus,” which translates to “totally yours.” I love to remember John Paul II’s dad’s words: You will never lose this Mother. She will always be with you. — Follow me on instagram for more! 🙂