Here are this week’s must-reads:
+ The Saints of October offer Wisdom about the Vocation of Love: “Place in this Heart all your sufferings and difficulties. Everything that comes from the Sacred Heart is sweet. He changes everything into love.” — St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
+ “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” — St. Francis of Assisi
+ St. Therese’s final days. This was so good to hear — not the kind of thing most people hear when they learn about St. Therese. It’s about the darkness she experienced in the last year of her life, and how she held deeply onto her faith through her suffering. An inspiration for us all.
+ “The work of evil consists entirely in constantly providing us with arguments not to trust, to live defensively, to save ourselves. The Spirit, on the other hand, constantly cries out within us, “Abba, Father!” (Rom 8:14). Spiritual childhood means making this voice prevail in us against all other voices that tell us instead that we’re alone and without anyone who can save us. Those who believe in this love accept to become small, because it’s precisely in that smallness that God’s omnipotence is manifested.” — Fr. Luigi Maria Epicoco
+ “St. Therese is a doctor of the church. And I’m going to walk you through her perspective on how to handle weakness, how to handle struggle. She was somebody who knew struggle. There are people who debate whether or not she potentially had mental illness, whether she had a personality disorder. We don’t really know that. But what we know is that life wasn’t easy for her, and that she struggled likely with depression, anxiety, probably potentially an attachment disorder. We see a lot, if you read that and get to know her story. But she’s a doctor of the church. She’s got a lot figured out. She’s a PhD in holiness. And what does she say to us, what’s her primary message to us? It’s summed up as the Little way. One of her favorite scriptures was the instructions that I just read to you earlier about those who are poor in spirit. Those who are poor know their need for God and turn to him. That’s her secret.” — Jake Khym
+ “If it delays, wait for it. It will surely come, it will not be late.” (Hab 1:2-3; 2:2-4) // The fullness of Fall is on its way, and so are whatever beautiful plans God has in store for us. “It will not be late.” There is purpose in our present moment & in our waiting. There’s beauty here too.
+ The History of Feast Days in the Catholic Church — and the difference between feast days, Solemnities and Memorials.
+ “God is in this story
God is in the details
Even in the broken parts
He holds my heart, He never fails
When I’m at my weakest
I will trust in Jesus
Always in the highs and lows
The One who goes before me
God is in this story” — Katy Nichole
+ “When the angels ascend to God is when they take to God our petitions and our prayers. And when they descend is when they come back from God with all of his answers and graces and benefits for us. And so they are intercessors for us in prayer. That’s important so we should use them and pray to them and ask them for that intercession – that they will obtain from God the things that we need.” — Fr. Barry Braum
+ “Learning to love this phase of life” — this was about learning to love the phase of life before marriage and before kids, but I also felt encouraged by it to love the phase of life *I’m in.* I think it can be relatable for any of us who struggle to love this season.
+ “Forgiveness should be at the center of all our relationships as Christians. Just as God has forgiven us of our sins, we need to forgive those around us.” — Jason Angelette
+ “When you’re facing a marriage struggle, you’ll be tempted to believe that things will never get better or that it’s not worth the effort. The truth is that this struggle is temporary and you can get through this. Your marriage can be better than ever if you don’t give up.”// “God tells us to forgive others, because He has forgiven us, and because holding a grudge hurts us. Forgiving somebody who hurt you doesn’t mean you trust them. It means you trust God.” — Stronger Marriages
+ “Let us live with God as our friend, let us make our faith a living faith in order to be in communion with Him through everything, for that is what makes us saints.” — St. Elizabeth of the Trinity
+ “When Jesus taught us to pray, he taught us to say “Our Father” and that is certainly for a good reason. But also, it’s important to note that Jesus reveals a very personal relationship with his Father. On several occasions he doesn’t just speak of “the Father” or “your Father,” but rather, “My Father.”
“One of the most concentrated repetitions of “My Father” is found during Jesus’ agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. This is important for us to note! As Jesus went into his passion, he knew he was not alone. He went forward rooted in the reality that “My Father” goes with me.
“We each need to have this experience with God’s particular fatherhood. Why? All of the above. All of the reasons. Too many to recount here. But of particular note is the importance of knowing we go into our own bitter trials with “My Father.” God is a Father who sees me, loves me, knows me, desires my good, and is for me with all of his power and wisdom.” — Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
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