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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “Faithfulness to prayer is faithfulness to a person.” — Fr. Mike Schmitz

+ “Our scars from our experience of life will be like badges of honor in heaven.” — Restore the Glory Podcast

+ “Healing is not far off from you. It might feel far away. It might feel impossible, depending on the betrayal you’ve experienced, depending on the situation, but we have a Lord who has resurrected, who has glorified wounds. He exists today in heaven with a body, with wounds and scars. And there can be real transformation in those bumps and bruises and those scars that we’ve received along the way. He is going to bring good out of this. He wants to heal it because He has been healed Himself.” — Regina Boyd

+ “We say, Jesus, I trust in you. We say, God will handle it. We say, Jesus, take the wheel, but we’re so afraid to really hand it over. And that’s actually what rest is. Saying no to our will and saying yes to His. Knowing He’s all powerful. Knowing that is God. He’s the creator of the universe and He’s the divine physician.

“And so if you’re finding it hard to hand over your intention sometimes we say, many times in a day, I’ll say, Jesus, you need to handle this. And then I’ll take it right back from Him and try to figure it out and solve it within the afternoon. And then give it back to Him by midday and then I’ll take it back. Then we play like a little tennis match until finally I surrender and realize that He’s going to win and ultimately I win when it’s His way, ’cause His way is the best way. His way is the only way that my heart wants. He knows my heart better than I know it. So, resting in the Lord, it looks like physically resting, but also resting our souls in Him. And so, let’s throw in the towel. Let’s just throw in the towel and stop trying. Stop striving, stop trying to do it all and be it all and just rest…” — Jackie Mulligan

+ “God didn’t remove the red sea, He parted it. Likewise, if God doesn’t remove your problems, He’ll make a way to get through them.” — Set Apart for Christ

+ “I glanced up at the hand-lettered sign that hangs next to the kitchen table: “As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15). No longer was this a cute saying on a piece of catholic home decor. This was the invitation. And this became the battle cry of my heart.

This is a lifelong decision, and we must die to ourselves every single day. Where is the line in the sand in your life? How is the Lord calling you to a more radical discipleship? Each morning meets us with the call: “Decide today whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15). With the grace of Jesus, may our every response be, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (Matthew 6:68). To whom shall you go, sister? Ponder this today.” — Olivia Spears

+ “Glorifying Christ comes first, always,” she said. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t look to Christ in my time of need or doubt. When we turn to Christ, our joys are multiplied.” — Jenna Fesemyer

+ The Novena for Marriage & Family starts on August 30th!

+ 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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