This week’s must-reads:

1. Five Lessons for Bishops from A Married Man

2. What to Do When God is Silent

3. “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” – St. John Paul II

4. “Even in a world that’s being shipwrecked, remain brave and strong.” – St. Hildegard, Doctor of the Church 

5. “Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.” – Henri Nouwen

6. “Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe
and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

7. “Yes, we really do want to have a fifth child.”  

8. “Forgive immediately and focus on the future rather than carrying weight from the past. Don’t let your history hold you hostage. Holding onto past mistakes that either you or she makes, is like a heavy anchor to your marriage and will hold you back. FORGIVENESS IS FREEDOM. Cut the anchor loose and always choose love.” – Deacon Kandra

9. “I understand if you want to leave.” – Br. Casey Cole

10. 3 Women Saints Who Knew the Pain of Miscarriage