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With Valentine’s Day coming up, this week’s must-reads are all focused on love, marriage, and the One who created it (as well as a special Mass takeaway from Sunday’s homily, at the bottom of the post):

+ “The encyclical of Pope Pius XI on marriage affirmed that “love in the home demands not mutual help, but must go further; it must have as its primary purpose that man and wife help each other day by day in forming and perfecting themselves in the interior life, so that through their partnership in life, they may advance ever more and more in virtue and, above all, that they may grow in true love towards God and their neighbor.” – Jackie & Bobby Angel

+ With Valentine’s Day coming up… These Sacred Heart stickers are a great gift idea, even if they come a few days late. 😉

+ Discover Your Five Love Languages (and your husband’s too!) So relevant and so helpful to better give and receive love from your spouse, and everyone else.

+ How to rebuild intimacy in a marriage, even during dry spells

+ “The moment I stopped viewing marriage as “Shaun and Jessica” and put Christ between us, things took an upward turn for the better. As a domestic church, remember the Trinity has three parts and so does your marriage: you, Jesus, and your spouse.” – Shaun McAfee

+ 10 Ways to Fall In Love With Your Husband

+ “If we allow our love to remain merely on the sentimental level, overlooking the fact that love is transcendent, our merely human affection will be insufficient to keep our marriage moving forward – and at the first crisis we face, we will want to throw in the towel. Here are some key virtues that strengthen, perfect, and protect marital love…

+ How Your Husband Can Make You Totally Happy

+ “Marriage is a primary vocation. Motherhood is a secondary vocation.

When you get married, you take a vow to love, honor, and respect your spouse and you enter into your primary vocation.

When you become a mom, you enter into a secondary vocation. You gain so much responsibility, and you have a grave duty to fulfill those responsibilities, but that is not the same as your duty towards your spouse you took on when you made that vow.” – Hilary

+ “From now on, you will be fishers of men.”