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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “Jesus likes to use parables or stories to speak to people in the Bible. He must present God’s Word in a way the people will understand since everyone has varied levels of understanding when it comes to the Word of God… He meets the people perfectly where they are; in a way that they are able to understand. He meets us where we are today as well…” — Fr. Dave

+ I wrote about the same thing in this week’s newsletter, including this quote from Pope Benedict: “The real ‘Parable’ of God is Jesus himself… hiding and yet revealing the same God.”

+ Here are a few beautiful pieces I shared in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Collection, which you can sign up for here. When you sign up, you’ll get immediate access to this week’s Collection and all Collections shared this month. Sign up for it here. 🙂

 + “By infusing our life with the sacraments, prayer, faith filled items, and good and holy friendships, we can bring an essence of the eternal into our everyday moments…” — West Coast Catholic

+ “How I create a Christ-centered home environment: Making your house into a home is the process of creating this sacred space and really making it your own so that your family and friends can flourish in it. To me, that looks like bringing Christ and the Catholic faith into our everyday, whether it be through home decor, conversations that are prompted, and our daily spiritual practices we strive to stick to. Here’s a few examples…” — Mari Wagner

+ “When we see a beautiful object, a beautiful garden, or a beautiful flower, let us think that there we behold a ray of the infinite beauty of God, who has given existence to that object.” – St. Alphonsus Liguori

+ “Three Ways to Enter into a Relationship with the Lord: 1) Sabbath. The Lord gives us a specific day to rest. Do something special on this day. 2) Silence. “Be still and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10). Sit in silence, especially in daily prayer. Allow God’s presence to love you as you love Him. 3) Surrender. Let go. “Lord, if it is not now, bring peace and rest in my life.” — Fr. Edwin

+ “You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.”⁠ – St. Therese of Lisieux⁠

+ “The Eucharist is the secret of my day. It gives strength and meaning to all my activities of service to the Church and to the whole world … Let Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament speak to your hearts. It is He who is the true answer of life that you seek. He stays here with us: He is God with us. Seek Him without tiring, welcome Him without reserve, love Him without interruption: today, tomorrow, forever!” — Pope St. John Paul II

+ “I’ve been praying novenas for almost twelve years now and I’ve found they’re a great option for when you don’t know what to say, when you have a specific intention you’re praying for, and when you’re trying to “pray always.” — read here

+ “Our culture puts such high emphasis on the monumental, grand moments of life, and so often misses the beauty found in our everyday rhythms, like having a hot cup of tea on the porch, reading a book that feels like a friend, or having a lively discussion around the table as we eat dinner. There is nothing wrong in our longing for excitement, but we must not forget that a full, healthy, balanced life is found in the “normal” everyday moments, where traditions and memories will be stored up in our hearts, and the hearts of our loved ones.” — Sally Clarkson

Here’s what’s featured in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Collection, which you can still access if you sign up today! 🌷 You can sign up here. When you sign up, you get immediate access to this week’s Collection — and all Collections shared this month.