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1. “Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing.” It waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.” — Fulton J. Sheen This quote on patience reminds me of this great read on waiting, by Henri Nouwen. It’s one of my favorite reads — and a very quick one at that. It’s about that time when we’re praying for something and God says, “Not yet,” “Not now,” or, “I have something else in mind…” It’s, “The Spirituality of Waiting.”

2. The truth about how to have a good and happy, long-lasting marriage: “Here are two things I know for sure about marriage. One, you must have God in your marriage. You might have a decent marriage without Him, but you’ll never have the fullness of what it can be if you include Him. Two, it is not your spouse’s job to make you happy. It is your job to give of yourself to make them happy. If you both do that for each other and work to live selflessly, you will have a wonderful marriage.”Amy, Catholic Pilgrim: Living Out the Faith

3. Why Your Husband Can’t Make You Happy, And One Way He Actually Can

4. “I am a Zechariah, but I want to be a Simeon. I have the prayer life of a Zechariah, or I try to do my thing, I try to do my prayer. But I wonder how much faith I actually have, and I wonder how I would respond if God said “Now is the moment.” But I want to be a Simeon. I want to have the eyes of faith that sees even when it’s not faith, even when there’s a veil over it. Because that’s how God likes to act. He doesn’t come to us in lightning bolts and thunder cracks from the sky, and speaking to us from the clouds saying “Hey, (Annie).” No, He comes to us veiled, He comes to us in the hidden ways. And we need to develop the eyes of Simeon to see Him when He comes. That’s my prayer, that’s my prayer for you. Those of us that are Zechariahs, those of us who have got a little bit of a chip on our prayer shoulder, (I pray) that we could have the eyes of faith and be like Simeon, even though we’ve been waiting for a long time, even though we might be tired and fatigued, when we see the presence of God at work in the world, that we have the courage and the grace to say “Yes, there. Thank You, Lord. Now my eyes have seen.” May we all be people with eyes who can see.” – Dr. Scott Powell, one of our Pray More Retreat speakers (Shared this over on my Instagram on Sunday as part of #MyMassTakeaway)

4. “Every marriage goes through rough spots, some greater than others. That’s why we take vows; not just to express our love, hopes, and dreams, but to help ourselves remain committed when our feelings have changed, when one or both of us have failed in some way, etc.” – Bénédicte de Dinechin and Matthew Green

5. “Month by month, I have come to not only “resign” to God’s will, but accept, embrace and welcome it. It has taken me more than seven months to get excited to meet this new little guy. I cannot wait to see his face and hold him close. And, sure, I’m nervous and a bit anxious about the logistics of daily life; like how I’m going to buckle everyone in the car or when I’ll ever sleep again. But, I have found that just when I think I can’t go any farther or give any more, time and time again, I’m given the grace to do it in the moment. Looking back on times of sacrifice or suffering, I can tell my capacity to love has grown in depth. My heart has expanded and continues to expand, and that is what matters.

“Rather than feel shackled or trapped or irresponsible, as some may think about having children so close in age, I have never felt stronger as a person. I’m learning to love outside of myself and to sacrifice for something greater than myself… which I have found is where true, lasting joy reigns…” – Janet, Ever Easter

6. “Catholic families are called to love each other with the love that flows from God’s own heart. We can only do this if we ask God–together–to teach us what this means. Therefore, in addition to both our individual prayer life and our worship with our parish communities, we gather together for family prayer each and every day. We use our daily, family prayer time to…

* Praise and thank God for his blessings.
* Ask forgiveness for the times we didn’t love as we should.
* Ask for the grace to love each other and the world better.
* Pray for both our needs and the needs of the Family of God.
* Seek God’s will for our life.

We treat family prayer, not as a duty or a chore, but as the key to true intimacy and joy in our home.” – Dr. Popcak

Today, I’m resting in the fact that nothing needs to get done… spending time with Him is enough, and sharing Him with the people closest to me is enough.

7. (Still) A Party of Two

One of my favorite lines from the Catechism has been on my heart lately. “The fundamental task of marriage and family is to be at the service of life.”

I’ve struggled, asking myself, can I do that as a married woman without children?

The more I pray & think about this, the louder & more persistent this answer has become:

Absolutely.

Children may not be the fruit of our marriage right now, but we can still radiate the fruitfulness of charity, hospitality and sacrifice.

Considering the amount of time I have, the resources and – quite frankly, a whole lot of myself to give — I have been so happy to discover the ways I can give – the ways I am called to give.

I’ve asked that God would put opportunities in my path that would allow me to, sort of, make up for the fact that we don’t have children right now… And I’ve learned that there’s nothing to make up for. There’s just plenty more to give right now, and in a different direction. (read more here)

8. “Let others who you trust accompany you in your suffering, too. Don’t try to minimize your cross or ignore it. It will only grow heavier and more difficult to carry. Christ loves you deeply and doesn’t want you to suffer alone.” – Hillary Mast, The Catholic Woman

9. The Work of the Suffering

One of the greatest challenges of suffering is thinking you’re useless, and asking, “What good am I?”

“Well, here’s what good you are,” Fr. Riccardo says, “You’re participating with the Lord in the work of redeeming the human race. You are not wasting away here. He is inviting you to share in his cross. Is it romantic? No. Is it fun? No. Will you see the payoff of it here? No, at least probably not. But one day you’ll see it.’”

The sick, suffering and dying have dignity and purpose — and this is it: to pray and participate with God in the work of redeeming the human race.

This is something I think we can all be reminded of a little more.

Suffering or not, we all have bad days, and we can all “offer it up.”

10.  This post. It’s forever relevant over here.  How to be happy where you are, with what you have, and in your circumstances when you wish things were different

I’ve been dealing with some stuff here in our home for the past couple of years that I wish were different… things like imperfect health, things like the fact that we don’t have babies (yet!), things like wishing we had a nicer couch (I realize this is SO not important).

And to be honest, I’ve been praying for these things to change.

But to be equally as honest, I’m not sure when they will or if they will.

So I’ve been really focusing on how I can be happy with these things exactly as they are.

Because I NEED to be joyful. I need it for myself, for my husband, for our future children, and for our families & friends. I need it because it’s a part of my vocation, and it’s a part of Heaven — a huge part, and so I’ve gotta start practicing joyfulness here while I can… (read more here)