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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “‪Just saying the name of Jesus with love and devotion is a powerful prayer. Try it next time you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed.” – Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP

+ In this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter, I reflected on the cost and reward of discipleship, and how to keep the goal — eternity with the Lord — in the forefront of our minds as we make everyday decisions in our home or at work. The small things we do every day add up! You can sign up for the newsletter here. And you can check out a past newsletter here to give you an idea of what they look like each week!

+ “Peter’s steady leadership for the early Church and Paul’s zealous preaching to the Gentiles: these were gifts directly from God.⁣ Peter and Paul remind us that, no matter our past sins or present challenges, God can bring astounding miracles and incredible work for the Kingdom.⁣” — Unleash the Gospel

+ “We all will have crosses in our lives. They are uniquely ours and everybody’s looks different. We can either learn to pick up our cross and unite it to Christ or we can try to distance ourselves as much as possible from our cross and lose our lives in the process.

“Because the reality is, is that suffering and pain make no sense unless understood through the Passion on the Cross. On the Cross, Christ gave meaning and purpose to suffering –quite literally it saves our souls if we “receive Christ and the one who sent Him.”

“When we unite our suffering, our pain, our crosses to Christ’s Cross, we can begin to understand that God can work good through it. We may not always understand exactly how at first, but given time and prayer our eyes will be opened.” — Amy, Catholic Pilgrim

+ “What I wish I could have known back in my early 20s when I was terrified of family life is this: My weaknesses as a mom are myriad – but they have only been an opportunity for us to grow closer as a family. Same thing for the weaknesses of anyone else in the house: You accept it. You laugh. And you figure out a way to live life together that turns everyone’s weaknesses into strengths.” – Jen Fulwiler

+ “Jesus reminds his apostles in today’s Gospel, that “whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”⁣ Let us live our lives with this perspective – that our mission on earth is not one of comfort and perfection, but rather one of evangelization – sharing the good news of the Gospel, even if that means sacrifice.⁣” — Unleash the Gospel

+ We just started the Novena for Difficult Times! You can sign up for it here.

+ “Our home is our domestic church. In our homes, we have the capacity to grow in the virtues Christ modeled for us by word and example.  With intentional choices, we can use our home to nurture these Christ-like qualities within our family.  Our home is a sacred space where God is present and living among us.  As with any family dedicated to following Christ, we both sharpen each other and experience tension. This friction can create an uncomfortable spark between us. But when fanned with the help of these learned virtues the spark can become a flame that cannot be contained.  This flame in our hearts intensifies as love. Not only is love active but it is humble and opens the doorway to reconciliation.” — Kate Hutson

🌸 As always, here are a few pictures of what’s included 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, and links to budget-friendly fashion & home decor.

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