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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “Jesus modeled love by serving people. If you want to show your spouse more love, start by serving their needs (even if your own needs aren’t currently being met). By you being the one to serve first, you might change your entire marriage for the better.”// “Strive to be the safest place on earth for your spouse.” — Stronger Marriages

+ “The quality of our relationships is determined by the quality of thoughts we have about the people in our lives. If you want to improve your relationship(s)…start by improving your thoughts. Our brain is always scanning for proof for the thoughts and beliefs we have, and our brains will be hyper focused on proving them true.

“For me, here are a few thoughts I’ve been intentionally thinking about my husband lately.

“He’s an amazing father.”
“He’s helping me grow in holiness.”
“He is my best friend.”
“He makes me laugh.”
“When I’m with him, I’m safe and loved.”

The more I practice these thoughts, the more I find proof for them. I literally see the reality of my thoughts playing out in real time and I notice them so much more.” — Made for Greatness Life Coaching

+ “Though we’re not home yet, God the Father is with us, and He has the power to lead us through the desert and across the Jordan. Though we have a long journey ahead, He is always in our midst.” — Scott Hahn

“What if instead of “why,” I asked: what do you have for me here? What if instead of “how long,” I said: help me see You here.” — Early AM Coffee with Jesus

+ “Luigi and Maria are witnesses to the fact that it is in our daily lives that we will be made saints.” — Whole Mission // Saints for the Hard Parts of NFP

+ “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” (CS Lewis)

+ How our Faith may have been passed down in generations: What parts of your faith were passed down to you from your parents or grandparents? Any devotions or saints that are particularly meaningful to you because they were something someone in your family introduced you to? Alternatively, if none were passed down, what do you hope to share with your family — devotions or faith traditions?

+ Advice from St. Ignatius on how to overcome desolation

+ “I find this is so helpful spiritually to be sitting *literally* at Jesus’ feet. It reminds me of Mary of the Martha and Mary story, as well as the woman who bathed His feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. It reminds me of my littleness before Him. On a brain level, it also just helps to be low down, and have potential distractions obscured that I might otherwise see from the pew.” — OCD Catholic

+ How to build both Faith

+ “I love that the words “this is my son, whom I love, in him I’m well pleased” is spoken over Jesus before his ministry begins & not after the resurrection. It’s a powerful reminder that God’s love always comes before — & is never contingent — on anything we achieve or accomplish.”Rich Villodas

+ “What brings me peace is realizing that the presence of the cross doesn’t mean that I’m doing things wrong. It means that I’m doing something right. Christ’s embracing of the cross has turned suffering into an opportunity for tremendous love. This is the secret that St. Alphonsus Liguori knew. Scrupulosity, mental illness, or any other suffering or weakness is not a sign of failure. It is an invitation to love as Christ loved, through the cross.” — Michele Cronister

+ “7 Habits that Have Changed My Life”

+ “Sometimes we are like Martha… Some of us are Mary of Bethany… are all like Lazarus…” – Carissimae Dei

+ “St Martha of Bethany: Woman of audacious faith. Why isn’t this the way that St. Martha is remembered? I have always been troubled by the story of Martha and Mary. We are called to serve, yet when Martha was doing just that- without help of her sister- she was seemingly corrected for her misdirected attention. Whenever this saint is brought to mind, the story is focused on how she fretted over preparing Jesus’ meal while her sister Mary had discovered the important thing in life; as if to highlight her error against the backdrop of Mary’s gift of faith.⁣ But what do we learn later about Martha in John’s gospel?…” — The Living Heart Co

+ Novenas to Pray in August // The Pray More Healing Retreat Begins on August 17th! Here are the details.

+ 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 & Catholic home decor. When I’m creating them, I always look up the upcoming feast days and find pieces to complement them so that you can have some examples of how to decorate for the different feasts & Liturgical seasons!

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