Here are this week’s must-reads:
+ “Faith doesn’t just wait, but it prepares. It’s not just a wish, but an evidence of the things you hope for. It’s an act of declaration, “God, I don’t see it now but I’m ready to leave all my fears behind. Train me for what I’m praying for. Use me. I want to actively learn from this season.” — Joena
+“Do not lose heart, even if you should discover that you lack qualities necessary for the work to which you are called. He who called you will not desert you, but the moment you are in need he will stretch out his saving hand.” — St. Angelica Merici
+ “Make the conscious choice to move the attention of your anxious heart away from the waves and direct it to the One who walks on them and says, ‘It’s me. Don’t be afraid’… Look at him and say, ‘Lord, have mercy.’ Say it again and again, not anxiously but with confidence that he is very close to you and will put your soul to rest.” — Fr. Henri Nouwen
+ “Rest. Rest in His strength to do it, rest in His ways above ours, rest in Him who is with you, in you & is 100% for you.” — Ann Voskamp
+ “The closer you get to Christ, the more splinters you get from His cross.” — Peter Kreeft
+ “Lamenting is the spiritually mature response to sadness and sorrow. Our spiritual aliveness is not found in our ability to suppress our sadness. Our spiritual aliveness is found in our ability to bring it to God.” — Rich Villodas
+ “If someone asks me, “Father, what is the shortest way to encounter Jesus?” Be needy. Be needy for grace, needy for forgiveness, be needy for joy. And he will draw near to you.” — Pope Francis
+ “Jesus is so respectful of our freedom that if we don’t open our hearts, he’s not going to enter. He’s not tearing the wall apart – he’s not taking brick by brick. So we need to give him permission…” — Fr. Jerónimo Espinosa
+ “Love is passion. But it’s also patience. Love is desire. But it’s also sacrifice. Love is tolerance. But it’s also correction. Love is freedom. But it’s also boundaries. Love is jealous. But it’s also selfless. Love is a gift. But it’s also a choice. In short, love is so much more than our past or our culture often lead us to believe. And God wants more for us. He wants to give us more, and He wants us to give more. As Benedict points out, contrary to what the Church’s critics say, the Church isn’t interested in diminishing our experience of love. She’s interested in expanding it, elevating it, and leading us into love’ fullness...” — Emily Stimpson-Chapmant
+ “Marriage is more about learning how to love your spouse, than it is being in love with your spouse. Mature love is a choice, not a feeling… It took us a few years of marriage to learn this, but it’s essential in marriage to show your spouse love they way they like it … not just the way you like it. If you’re not sure how they like it just ask “Honey, what makes you feel loved?” Then show it. Learn their love language.” — Trey & Lea, Stronger Marriages
+ “Prioritize your marriage so that your partner feels loved, valued and chosen.” — The Heart with Jason Angelette
+ “Marriage is not merely a private institution.” (USCCB, Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan) Marriage matters for many people beyond the married couple: children, neighbors, and friends. Reflect today on all the lives your marriage has touched.” — For Your Marriage
+ “Rise above today’s minor irritations and focus on the big picture. Strive today to love, serve, and bring out the best in your spouse… Great marriages are what happen when two people persevere through life’s valleys. You become soul mates in the trenches..” — Stronger Marriages
+ “People have often asked me what our secrets were for influencing our children. This is the secret: loving them well, generously, all the time, in every situation… When we choose to graciously overlook our children’s messes, faults and accidents, we are teaching them to be patient and forgiving with the mistakes of others. When we react sensitively, thoughfully and patiently to them, we are helping to instill these qualities in their lives.” — Sally Clarkson
Here’s what’s featured in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Collection.
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