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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “The stillness of prayer is the most essential condition for fruitful action. Before all else, the disciple kneels down.” – St. Gianna Molla

+ Heroes and Homemakers: 10 Patron Saints of Marriage

+ “When we marry someone, we marry Christ in them as well as the broken Adam/Even in them.” — Restore the Glory podcast

+ “The apostles, by themselves, were less than adequately equipped to feed 5000 people. They had 5 measly loaves and merely 2 fish. Jesus required of them an impossible task. He asked of them more than they could give. But then he blessed their task. And through his Divine command and his blessing, he more than made up for what the apostles lacked. They didn’t need to worry about their ability to do the job. They simply needed to DO it, and trust Jesus to take care of the rest…

“It’s the same for me. How often do I feel like Jesus is asking more than I can give – in my life, and in my vocation? I am less than adequate to complete the tasks, the mission, the ministry he sets before me… But Jesus doesn’t ask me to be enough. He asks me to listen to his will, and to DO, to ACT. To muster the little bit of good within me and obey his command without hesitation. He blesses the little that I bring, he multiplies it, and he makes up for where I am lacking.” — To Jesus Sincerely

+ “Obedience to your vocation is your path to heaven”

+ “Through the grace of God I’ve found joy in this cross through surrendering all I am to Him. Here are some things that have given me peace these past five years…”

+ “Some of my greatest friendships were born out of vulnerability. Hiding pain is exhausting. Let yourself feel. Let yourself be seen. It’s OK to not be OK.” — Ashley Stevens, Mountains Unmoved

+ “An unfulfilled vocation is painful, but a fulfilled vocation brings its own sorrows. Life is both sorrowful and joyful regardless of one’s state in life. For many women, the realization that they will never marry, or at least will not marry in time to have children, will be painful. I write to remind them that life is still good, to encourage those who love them to make a place for them in our communities, and to help them remember that God’s plans for us are often different from—and better than—our own.” — Carisa Mulder

+ We got to visit EWTN four years ago & chat about Pray More Novenas with Johnette Benkovic on her show, “Women of Grace.” Did you know that Mother Angelica had a pretty big answered prayer as a young woman after praying a novena? I read that she suffered from terrible stomach pain that doctors couldn’t figure out, even after multiple tests. In 1943, she prayed a novena asking for relief from the pain. She was only twenty at the time. Sometime after praying the novena, her pain completely went away. She believed it was a miracle and this played a part in her relationship with the Lord and in her discernment with what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. 💜🙏 Pretty cool.

+ I did a little Friday Introductions post on Instagram the other week 🙂

+ “Lay all your cares about the future trustingly in God’s hands.” — St. Edith Stein

+ “Should suffering shake our faith?”

+ 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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