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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ From St. Faustina: “When I see that the burden is beyond my strength, I do not consider or analyze it or probe into it, but I run like a child to the heart of Jesus and say only one word to Him: “You can do all things.” And then I keep silent, because I know that Jesus Himself will intervene in the matter, and as for me, instead of tormenting myself, I use that time to love Him.”

+ “She who at the Annunciation showed total availability for the divine plan represents for all believers a sublime model of attentiveness and docility to the Word of God.” —St. Pope John Paul II

+ “Fiat means “let it be done.” It does not mean “Let me make it happen.” It doesn’t mean “Let me force it to be done,” or “Let me control it ’til it’s done,” or “Let it be done, but in my way and in my time.” In the most sublime of examples, Mary illustrates beautifully through her profound humility and obedience what her fiat truly means: shifting from self-reliance to reliance on Christ. Releasing our own will to embrace His.” — Reform

+ “When the Holy Spirit comes upon Mary, she proclaims this “Yes” that continues to reverberate through the centuries. ‘Yes!'” — Fr. Dave Pivonka

Since we celebrated the feast of the Annunciation yesterday, I included many of my favorite Marian pieces in this week’s Collection, my weekly newsletter that shares liturgical home decor and fashion finds with exclusive promo codes to help you save money. ⭐ Everything featured is under $60.⭐ 

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I love the “Jesus, I trust in You” sign and the Divine Mercy intaglio above, and the gold Marian vase and Hail Mary tapestry below.

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+ “Love does not stay idle.” —Catherine of Siena

+ So many of the ways that we respond to God and live out our vocations are ways that are hidden — in small, everyday “yeses” to Him. In small, everyday sacrifices for our husbands and families. Sometimes, nobody else sees these things but God. Sometimes, we might think that our vocations don’t look fruitful from the outside… But then, there’s this powerful reminder:

“It is possible to have a life that doesn’t appear fruitful to the world, but is faithful to God. This is (the Cross). The Cross looks like failure, but is the greatest act of faithfulness…” (Rich Villodas) — here

+ April is devoted to the Holy Eucharist. Join us for an online Eucharistic Retreat beginning next week — learn more here!

+ “Dear Lord, whatever it is I desire, may I desire you more. Whatever I seek, may I seek you more. Whatever I love, may I love you more.” — Jenessa Wait

“Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.” — Elisabeth Elliot

+ “The truly good news is that God is not a distant God, a God to be feared and avoided — but a God who is moved by our pains and participates in the fullness of the human struggle… God is a compassionate God. This means, first of all, that God is a God who has chosen to be God-with-us… As soon as we call God “God-with-us,” we enter into a new relationship of intimacy with him. By calling God Emmanuel, we recognize God’s commitment to live in solidarity with us, to share our joys and pains, to defend and protect us, and to suffer all of life with us. The God-with-us is a close God, a God whom we call our refuge, our stronghold, our wisdom, and even, more intimately, our helper, our shepherd, our love. We will never really know God as a compassionate God if we do not understand with our heart and mind that “the Word became flesh and lived among us” (John 1:14).” – Henri Nouwen

Here are the Fashion Finds in this week’s Collection!

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