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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ What Catholic couples can do during Lent

+ The Pray More Lenten Retreat trailer is now available to watch! The online, self-paced retreat begins on February 17th, the first day of Lent! We have six speakers & 20 talks — that’s about three talks for each week throughout Lent. And every talk (which is a prerecorded video) comes with downloadable audio (so you can listen on the go!), a reflective study guide (so you do this on your own or with someone else!) and with a transcript – in case you prefer to read 🙂 Here’s the trailer.

+ “Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we married.”

+ “Dare to believe He loves you, friends. Because He does, in abundance.” – Mary Lenaburg

+ “God is like this crazy farmer, sowing the seed of his word and his love—not only on receptive soil, not only to those who will respond, but also on the path, on the rocks, and among the thorns, lavishly pouring out his love on those who are least likely to respond. God’s love is irrational, extravagant, embarrassing, unreasonable, completely over the top.” — Bishop Barron

+ “Dear God, I so much want to be in control. I want to be the master of my own destiny. Still I know that You are saying: “Let me take you by the hand and lead you. Accept my love and trust that where I will bring you, the deepest desires of your heart will be fulfilled.” – Henri Nouwen

+ Every Sin Has A Backstory

+ “So here’s something I know to be true, although it’s a little corny, and I don’t quite know what to do with it: What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly. Or, to look at it from the other end of the telescope: Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth? Those who were kindest to you, I bet.” —George Saunders

+ “Our God in His deepest mystery is not solitude, but a family.”

+ 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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