Here are this week’s must-reads:
+ “Life will never be perfect. We have to look for the joy. Finding it, moment after moment after moment. It won’t just appear – it’s a posture, a way of living, and seeking.” — Rachel Martin
+ We celebrated the feast of St. Anne & St. Joachim over the weekend! I love that we have some examples of married couples who became saints. 💕From these two, I’m inspired to strive to remain faithful during seasons of waiting in my life. And I try to trust that they are not just seasons of passive waiting, but active waiting — seasons of preparation for what’s to come. The Lord is working in this time — this time is not wasted.
I’ve always loved these words from Henri Nouwen: “A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” 💕
+ A little about Memento Mori: “Bones are not merely dead bones to Christians. In something that seems frighteningly final, like a skull, we see the victory of Christ. A victory that in the end *will cause our bones to rise from our graves.* Therefore, seen through the lens of Christ’s victory and the resurrection of the body, skulls actually can be signs of Christian hope.” — Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP
+ Laura’s conversation with her son about why his muscles hurt after working out: “The pain you feel comes from tiny tears in your muscles. Once the muscle fibers heal, they’ll be able to carry more weight and work harder next time. So the tearing isn’t something you did wrong; it’s how muscles get stronger.” Tearing before strengthening. Rending before repairing. Strength from resilience. What in my life needs to tear in order to become stronger? Where can I trust that pain could bring healing?”
+ “The feminine nature is to stay by another human being’s side, participating in his life with love, fidelity, and readiness to serve….She is psychically equipped to do so in and out of the home. Wherever she helps a lonely person in need she is a companion. And wherever she helps a child to develop, she is a mother. The care and development of human life and humanity are woman’s specific duty. … She complements the man by her basic desire to reflect God by a wholeness of personhood.” – Edith Stein
+ “Sorrow can be alleviated by a good sleep, a bath, and a glass of wine.” – St. Thomas Aquinas
+ “I believe belonging comes from feeling valued as we are, not as a work in progress.” – RakhiMcCormick
+ “Pope Saint John Paul II said we are most like God when we create. I would add that we are God-like when we don’t view others as competition – when we love others, revel in their beauty and goodness, and celebrate others’ successes as our own… What joy can be discovered and found in seeing our brothers and sisters not as competition but as the wonderfully and fearfully made creation of God that they truly are! Our Lady did this perfectly. What an example we have in Her, and in His Saints. Rejoice and run to serve others – in deed, in speech, and in truth.” – Claire, Finding Philothea
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Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter!
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