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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “Our Lady wants to console us, just as she did for little Lucia Dos Santos: “Are you suffering a great deal? Don’t lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.” What are the worries on your heart? It doesn’t matter how small or insignificant they seem. The most tender and patient mother, Mary, wants to sit with you and receive you and all your little thoughts! Spend time with Our Lady: sit in silence before a Marian statue or sacred image, pray a rosary or memorare, or simply speak with her in the quiet of your heart. She is so happy to receive you.” — The Given Institute

+ When St. John Paul II’s mom passed away, his dad took him on a pilgrimage to a shrine in Kalwaria. There, he showed young St. JP II (Karol Wojtyła) an image of Jesus’ Mother and said, “You have lost your mother. But you will never lose this Mother. She will always be with you.” — read here

+ A Prayer to Our Lady of the Kitchen. Love that name 🙂 “Come, teach me, Mother Mary, in your sweet and gentle way to sanctify my duty and the labor of my day…”

+ God has created each woman to be a bride — and to be a mother. And in which way? It’s a mystery that He reveals, little by little. But every vocation will have its share of joys and sorrows. Of fulfillments — and disappointments. Consolations and desolations. These are just the rhythms of our lives, but grace is always intertwined there and we never walk these paths alone. We have a Mother who knows it all and intercedes for us, and a Father who promised we would never be alone. — read here

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+ Do you know what the very first novena was? It was the Holy Spirit Novena when Jesus asked His disciples to pray in anticipation of when He would send down the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. 🕊 That time of prayer was nine days long, leading up to Pentecost, which fell on the tenth day.

“Pentecost” comes from the Greek word meaning “fiftieth” and Jesus ascended into heaven forty days after Easter (Acts 1:12-14). This apostolic pattern of nine days of prayer, leading up to a final day (a feast day or the tenth day) is the basis of the novenas we pray today. It’s how we plan and pray novenas over at Pray More Novenas.

+ I read a couple years ago that lilacs are known as the Ascension flower. I love how the beauty of nature and flowers can represent little details about the liturgical season like this, and how it can move us to think of Him. — here

+ “When Jesus ascended into Heaven and gave the command to the disciples to go and preach the Gospel to every creature (see Mark 16:16), it was a command to us today too. Sometimes we are called to witness in the explicit “evangelistic” moments, but other times it’s a witness to His love and mercy and care in the quiet moments at home, doing the unseen hard things. The Lord works with us, and in us, in the hidden moments when we get to be the hands and feet of Jesus where only we can be.” — Katie McGrady⁠

+ “Fidelity under the pressure of suffering is what often strikes us in the lives of the saints, whether it is a lifelong process or (in one instant moment). Though we may be shocked or saddened at what the saints went through, we are not depressed, because we are aware of their victory and the present joy. “Your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.” — Fr. Jerome Kodell

+ “A single ‘Blessed be God’ in adversity is worth more than a thousand acts of thanksgiving in prosperity.” ⁠ — Saint John of Ávila

+ “Consecrate even a small part of each hour, each day to mental prayer; to thinking about Our Blessed Lord, who loves you so much and has done so much for you, and in whose company you are to spend your eternity.” — Mother Catherine Thomas

+ “When St. Thomas the Apostle heard that Mary’s health was ailing, he left his missionary endeavors and traveled to be with her. But when he arrived, Mary had already been lifted up into heaven. Still doubting, St. Thomas asked St. Peter to see the tomb himself. When Peter granted his request, Thomas was amazed to discover that the empty tomb was filled to the brim with lilies and roses.” — Lily and Lamb

Here are the Fashion Finds in this week’s Collection!