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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “Instead of first asking, “Am I called to marriage?” “Am I called to religious life?” I’m instead first asking, “How am I called to love?” “What gifts has God given me that I can give the world?” “What vocational state might best allow me to give these gifts?” — Lindsey Weishar

+ “Following Christ has nothing to do with success as the world sees success. It has to do with love.” – (Madeleine L’Engle)

It doesn’t matter if our choices make sense or don’t seem successful to others around us — to our culture. If you’ve made a choice to do something loving — to serve someone or to give more of yourself for someone else’s benefit, you’ve made a good and beautiful decision. Whether that’s one job or another, one vocation or another, working outside of your home or working in it. — read more here

+ God’s Will in Our Mundane Tasks: “Sometimes these mundane tasks at home feel unrelated to God’s will for our lives, but that couldn’t be any further from the truth. Anything that is a part of our lives—and most especially things that we have to do often and repeatedly—are places where God meets us. It’s so important for us to look for Him in those moments and to open up a conversation with Him there. // I don’t always feel certain I know God’s will in my life. I know many of us don’t. But I know that this prayer, “Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will,” gets us one step closer to having some clarity—and to doing something loving in the meantime, ultimately leading us to a deepening of God’s life within us.”

+ “The salvation of the whole world began with the “Hail Mary.” Hence, the salvation of each person is also attached to this prayer.” — St. Louis de Montfort

+ St. John Paul II: A Holy Life in 4 Acts

+ “Can you drink the chalice I’m going to drink?” — A short reflection on this Gospel reading passage — What it means to be baptized in Christ. “Follow me and I will give you the ability to do what seems impossible.”

+ The St. Jude Novena begins today!!

+ “In The Book of Her Life, St. Teresa of Avila described mental prayer in simple terms as friendship with God. “[M]ental prayer is nothing else, in my opinion, but being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with Him, who we know loves us.” All of us know how to converse with a friend, as we typically talk to our friends on a daily basis. Should we not talk to God in a similar way?” — Aleteia

+ “When I catch myself praying, “Lord, please give me what I want,” I try to change it to, “Lord, please give me what you want.” — Bishop Barron

+ “In every trial, God will provide the way of escape, that you may be able endure it.” — Scott Hahn

+ “Let us remind ourselves that God has put that desire for happiness in our hearts and He alone can fulfill that desire and make us truly happy now and forever with Him in heaven, “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible with God.” We just cannot find true and lasting happiness apart from Jesus and His choices for us at each moment.” — Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV

+ Jesus to St. Faustina: “Poor soul, I see that you suffer much and that you do not have even the strength to converse with me. So I will speak to you. Even though your sufferings were very great, do not lose heart or give in to despondency. But tell me, my child, who has dared to wound your heart? Tell me about everything, be sincere in dealing with me, reveal all the wounds of your heart. I will heal them, and your suffering will become a source of your sanctification. Therefore, I have remained on earth to comfort your aching heart and to fortify your soul, so that you will not falter on the way. You say that a dense darkness is obscuring your mind. But why, at such times, do you not come to me, the light who can in an instant pour into your soul more understanding about holiness than can be found in any books? No confessor is capable of teaching and enlightening in this way….a suffering soul is closest to my heart.”

+ “Great art is an expression of hope. It’s the enfleshment of an idea, making a connection between the world as it is and the world as it ought to be. Human beings are God’s masterpiece. We can’t expect other people or ourselves to exist in the realm of perfect ideas. We are far more like paintings — physical creations that bear the mark of our Creator. People are unexpected and unexplainable. Far more than an idea, we are children of God who hope and dream, and even if we’re far from perfect, He has made us beautiful.” — Fr. Michael Rennier

+ 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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