It’s been a while since I’ve shared some updates!
Here are this week’s must-reads:
+ “Let’s stop using the word “just” or “only” in front of the number of children someone has. You are a mother or you aren’t. You don’t level up or get your PhD in Motherhood once you have you N-th child. You Are a Good Catholic Family. Even if you “only” have one child. You Are a Good Catholic Family. If all your children are already saints and to all outsiders your hands appear to be empty. You Are a Good Catholic Family. If you are bravely ‘open to life’ cycle after cycle, but again and again left empty and bleeding while you pursue parenthood only in ways that respect the Dignity of Human Life. You Are a Good Catholic Family. I see you. I pray for you. I love you. And you belong. St. Anne and Joachim, parents of Our Blessed Mother, Pray for us.” – The Joyful Leap
+ “My most pressing desires center around physical comfort and instant gratification, crowding out spiritual growth and eternal considerations. God’s plan, on the other hand, always encompasses eternity. His most pressing desire is for me to spend forever with Him, in never-ending joy and comfort. His highest consideration is what will most help my eternal soul. Yes, detachment is the answer: not from inherently good things, but from the desires and anxieties that leave so little room for Him to act. Do I bring my desires to prayer wrought with anxiety and control? Am I fixated on knowing the details, understanding the meaning, dictating the timing of the answer I’ve determined is best?” – Megan Hjemlstad
+ “The ordinary goal of the Christian life is to be a saint.” – Bishop Robert Barron
+ My weekly Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter — and below are some pictures of what’s included in this week’s newsletter.