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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst… ‘Repent and believe’ Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor – He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.” — St. Teresa of Calcutta

+ “Repentance is never just a turning from sin. It’s also a turning towards Jesus.” — Emily Stimpson Chapman

+ The online Pray More Lenten Retreat is now available! You can still sign up for it here 🙂 I wanted to share with you the first talk from the retreat:

How to Hear God’s Voice in Prayer
with Beth Davis

“I want to talk to you today all about how to hear from God, more confidently, more regularly in prayer. It’s an exciting thing when we follow God’s voice. When we have a regular routine of prayer, we become more sensitive to God’s voice and our life becomes more vivid, more vibrant. And that’s what I want to hold out to you today. That’s what I’m inviting you to, today.”

+ “The Lord is — let us not forget — the Lord of compassion, of nearness, of tenderness: three words never to be forgotten. Because this is the Lord’s style: compassion, nearness, tenderness.” — Pope Francis

+ I love how Mary shows us to open our hands to Christ. What does He want to give us? What does He want to place in our hands? What do we need to let go of so that our hands are free and open to Him? Take a minute to sit with the name of Jesus, His mercy and our sinfulness. Bring to Him in prayer each thing that you desire to surrender, praying the Jesus prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” As you do, imagine that the Lord is helping you to unclench your hands, letting go of those things you desire to surrender. What might the Lord desire to place in your hands instead? What might He desire to give to you once you’re able to let go? Let’s pray, unclench and reopen our hands to the Lord this Lent. 🙏🙏🙏

+ “Jesus taught us clearly that there is no resurrection without the Cross, and Lent is the Church’s great spiritual journey as she, the Bride of Christ, joins her Divine spouse in His great suffering on our behalf.⁠ Muster all your energy, your courage, and your strength, and follow Him. We do not need to worry about how we approach Him, so long as we do.” — The Catholic Company

+ A short list of ideas for what to do this Lent

+ “Ignore the awkwardness, fear, and not knowing what to say and show up for those suffering in your life. You have NO IDEA how much of a difference that can make… Job’s friends sat with him for seven days and seven nights and 𝙙𝙞𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙨𝙖𝙮 𝙖 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙. You don’t need to have the perfect thing to say to show up. Just show up.” — Ashley Stevens, Mountains Unmoved

+ 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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