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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ Finding Rest in Prayer // How to Discern God’s Will // Mary’s Fiat – Saying Yes to God // Reigniting our Hope: The Story of Hannah // Patiently Waiting for God // Choosing Joy (Even in Difficult Circumstances) // How to Pray: Lectio DIvina // Letting God Dwell in Our Hearts & Our Homes. ✨ Those are just some of the topics featured in our Advent Retreat — which begins next Monday! You can see the rest of the topics and read more about the retreat here.

+ “It wasn’t safe for Joan of Arc to lead an army into battle.It wasn’t safe for Maximillian Kolbe to step out of the execution line in Auschwitz.It wasn’t safe for Dorothy Day to go on a 10-day long hunger strike in prison.It wasn’t safe for Mother Teresa to expose herself to disease when she cared for the poor.It wasn’t safe for Emil Kapaun to serve as an Army Chaplin during World War 2.Safety was never intended to be the barometer. Faithfulness is.Is He Safe? Never. Is He good? Always.Happy Solemnity of Christ the King!” — Brick House in the City

+ “If 2020 has made you feel far from Christ; if your personal life is a shambles and you can’t find your way out of the mess you’ve made; if you’ve fallen away from practicing your faith, or even if you’ve run; if you worry that the Church itself is being shaken from the rock it was built on; if you’re terrified of what might be coming next, ask Our Lady, Star of the Sea to be a light in the darkness to lead us all to our heavenly home.” – Meg Hunter-Kilmer

+ “He is the Messiah who is trying to turn the temple once more into a place of prayer. Keep this image of Jesus clearly in your mind as we take a further step. St. Paul said that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. So the true dwelling place of God is now in the very bodies of the followers of Jesus. Bring this insight together with the image of Jesus cleansing the temple. You—your life, your body, your self—are meant to be a temple where God is praised. Every aspect of your life is meant to be turned to the Lord, dedicated to him.” – Bishop Barron

+ “Good marriages don’t just happen. They require effort, prayer, and community. Good marriages are not free from confrontations or arguments. They do include more prayer, more respect, more communication, more date-nights, more intimacy, more forgiveness. Love is a VERB.” – Joy Mama Blog

+ “He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.” – St. John Paul II

+ “If your family has a story that’s less than straight-forward, if you’re neck-deep in the brokenness of broken people, if you’ve been the hidden victim in a family narrative that’s equally hidden, I just want to offer this: take it to Our Living Lord in prayer. Find your way to the Sacraments. Talk to a trusted, faithful priest. There is also healing here in this life.” — Nell O’Leary

+ “Every Christian home should be a haven of peace and serenity. In spite of the small frustrations of daily life, an atmosphere of profound and sincere affection should reign there together with a deep-rooted calm, which is the result of authentic faith that is put into practice.” (St. Josemaria Escriva)

Lastly, here’s what’s featured in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter. ✨ A lot of beautiful pieces that are just perfect for Advent! And they’re from small Catholic businesses in case you’re intentionally shopping small & trying to support Catholic creatives & families this Advent and Christmas. ❤️ You can sign up for the newsletter here.

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