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+ My eyes teared up the first time that I remember when another woman told me, “You’re glowing!” ✨

These two words that seem like they’re reserved for expectant-mamas.

It felt like a gift to be able to hear these words when my heart ached for the gift of a baby.

And what an easy, nearly effortless, thoughtful gift we can give, don’t you think? To let another woman know of her radiance. To let another woman know of how beauty shines within her.

“You’re glowing.”

Please use these beautiful words today or sometime this week. I can’t tell you how meaningful or cherished they might be. But maybe you’ll be able to see it in the face of the one you share them with. 💕


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+ Endometriosis, Infertility and the Church

+ 5 Truths Every Couple Must Understand

+ Identifying with Christ on the Cross in Miscarriage

+ “So if IVF isn’t an option – or doesn’t work – then what?”

+ “The theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar says, ‘When you say yes to God unconditionally, you have no idea how far that yes will take you.’ We have no idea how far our yes will take us, because the measure of the Lord is infinite … We can’t begin to imagine what our capacity would be should we truly unreservedly say ‘yes’ to God – no limits. We can’t imagine the capacity He’ll make us.” — Sr. Mary Gabriel, SV

+ “Hiding pain is exhausting. Let yourself feel. Let yourself be seen. It’s OK to not be OK.” — Ashley Stevens

+ “Our suffering will end. But if we keep our focus on Jesus, our faith, hope, and love won’t ever end. Neither will our lives have an ending. Death and suffering do not have the final word. They are merely birth pangs giving way to a life that is no longer fragile. We are all being born into a world where there will be no more tears, no more pain, no more suffering, and no more death. There will only be glorious, unblemished love shared between all of our loved ones, who are finally whole. We will be completely healed because we will be in the presence of the Source of all Love: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We have nothing to fear in our temporary suffering because his perfect love casts out all fear.” — Dr. Bob

+ “O Mary, give us attentive,
humble and gentle hearts
to welcome with tenderness and compassion
all the poor you send to us.

Give us hearts full of mercy
to love them, to serve them,
to extinguish all discord
and to see in our suffering and broken brothers
the presence of the living Jesus.

Lord, bless us with the hands of your poor.
Lord, smile at us in the eyes of your poor.
Lord, you receive us one day
in the happy company of your poor.

Amen!”

Jean Vanier