Here are this week’s must-reads:
+ “God promises He can use our heartbreak for good. And He is a God who keeps His promises. There may be plenty of moments you find yourself in a heap of tears still hurting through the process. But let me be the friend who reassures you from my own places of healing…Trust the process. Trust God in the process. Trust His promises to use the process for good.” — Lysa Terkeurst
+ “Continue to open your heart to how much love the Lord has for you. His love is not for when you figure it out. It’s for right now. It’s right now, it’s right at this moment. It’s in your poverty – in those places where you feel you’re lacking, where you don’t have it figured out, where you’re not sure what to do. That’s the place where the Lord meets us, wants to love us and give us strength.” — Many Hail Marys at a Time
+ *And every day, when your heart especially feels the loneliness of life, pray.” ― St. Pio of Pietrelcina
+ “The most important part of prayer isn’t just the amount of time spent praying, but the disposition of our minds and hearts. If the Lord sees us persevering in the hopes of growing closer to Him, no matter how weak our prayers may be, He will surely help us grow in holiness. Sometimes, prayer is hard and dry, but that’s when we need prayer more!” — Intentional Disciples
+ “At a loss for words? Prayer can be as simple as a sentence or two 🙏🏻 “Jesus, I trust in You.” ~ to increase your devotion to Divine Mercy. “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” ~ based on Luke 18:38 for repentance. “O Jesus, I surrender myself to You. Take care of everything.” ~ from the surrender novena.” — Madeline Rose
+ “Rest is so necessary for the health of our minds and bodies, and often so difficult to achieve due to the many demands placed on us. But rest is also essential for our spiritual health, so that we can hear God’s voice and understand what he asks of us.” –Pope Francis
+ “The best part of learning to endure through difficult seasons is the legacy I now see in the lives of my four children. They watched our responses of keeping growing, keeping faithful, growing stronger, and becoming wiser over many years. Now they are standing on our shoulders because our attempted faithfulness has gifted them with wisdom and courage to keep pushing for excellence in their own lives. Heroic endings come as a result of pushing through seemingly impossible times.” — Sally Clarkson
+ “Prayer is designed to fill us up, we’re designed to pray. When we practice other forms of meditation that are not rooted in the person of Jesus Christ, we can’t be filled up, we empty out and yet we need to be filled up like never before. When we want to encounter Christ in a deeper way, we need to carve out that time. We need to come to know His words, relying on His words, pulling those words in difficult times. Just as I mentioned, John 14:1, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” I love to go to Jeremiah 29:11 where it says, “I’ve given you a future of hope, not of woe.”
“When we are feeling like we need a dose of encouragement, strength, perspective, turn to the words of Jesus. He does tell us that He is the way, the truth and the life. And we are able to follow Him for He is our shepherd. But being rooted in prayer, being rooted in the scripture, knowing His voice is how we’ll come to encounter Him.” — Emily Jaminet
+ “The next time we’re doing chores, we can remember that God does them too. He never tires of caring for His world and His children in a multitude of tiny, daily, ordinary provisions. When we do the same for our world, or for our children, we reflect the work and provision and faithful love of our Maker and Savior. There’s nothing insignificant about that.” — Seth Lewis, Risen Motherhood
I share these every Monday and they always include: two gluten-free recipes, a reflection & prayer based on Sunday’s Mass readings, and links to budget-friendly fashion & Catholic home decor. When I’m creating them, I always look up the upcoming feast days and find pieces to complement them so that you can have some examples of how to decorate for the different feasts & Liturgical seasons!
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