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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “Trust the voice of the Holy Spirit. The one that tells you to take the next right step and gives you the Grace to go from one degree of holiness to the next. Be not afraid! Great Saints are made that way.” — Michaela

+ “While at times one can hear the Spirit speak even in a noisy crowd, it is often only in silence that one hears the deepest voice, that one plumbs the depth of meaning. It is only when what is heard is pondered, that its full meaning is revealed. The quest for truth, therefore, involves prayerfulness and reflectiveness. Jesus turned to his Father again and again in prayer to listen to him and to seek his will. Prayer is then surely one of the privileged ways of listening.” — St. Vincent de Paul Society, Dayton

+ “Spiritual motherhood is motherhood lived according to the Spirit. It is nurturing divine lives in other people, lived in imitation of Mary’s motherhood. Each time we open to receive another person into our heart, our love and our femininity is fruitful.” — Jen Settle

+ Four Practical Suggestions for Becoming A Better Forgiver

+ “When I am tempted to think my daily duties are useless, I will picture the Blessed Mother cleaning and cooking as perfectly as she could for the love of her son.” — Little Olive Prints Co

+ Five Patron Saints of Mental Illness

+ “If today finds you weeping… hurting… needing time to wrestle with grief and loss… it’s okay. You don’t have to try to quickly sweep up the shattered pieces of your heart. Jesus understands what it’s like to deeply feel human emotions like grief and heartache.” — Lysa TerKeurst

+ On Monday, we celebrated the Mother of the Church, the Blessed Virgin Mary. 💕 Showing us, among so many things, how to live in the Holy Spirit. I first saw a statue like this a few years ago, with all these children under Mary’s mantle and I absolutely loved it. That’s where we are too, friends, whether we know it or feel it at any given moment. Under Mary’s mantle.

+ “The Holy Spirit is the unseen partner in the work of developing virtue. Human beings can live virtuous lives without the aid of grace, but we can only “bear fruit abundantly” with the Holy Spirit’s aid.” — Peter Darcy

+ “The Bible talks about Jesus being tempted in the desert by satan himself. These three temptations concerning the flesh (turn these stones into bread if you are the son of God), the devil (all these kingdoms will be yours if you fall down and worship satan), and the world (throw yourself down from the pinnacle, and let the angels catch you), are the same 3 temptations that we have to overcome every day – those of the flesh, the devil, and the world. Jesus overcame these temptations through prayer and fasting, which is an excellent recipe for us today.” — St. John’s Catholic Church, Ohio

+ “Faithfulness is tied to perseverance and trust in God.”

+ Lastly, here’s what’s featured in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life NewsletterI 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 & home decor.

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