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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “In the midst of these roaring waves, Jesus is present, reminding us that He is more powerful than the storm. He desires to heal, renew, and unify the Church and the world.” — USCCB

+ “This is your encouragement to run to the Lord because nobody else will hold you tighter than He will. May His presence bring you peace, may His love anchor you, and may His word guide you right now in Jesus’ name, amen.” — Her True Worth

+ “O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.” —St. Augustine

+ “When Teresa of Avila was asked what she did in prayer, she replied, ‘I just allow myself to be loved.’ Why not stop for a while and pray? Keep praying even if you only have a whisper left. Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing: The Lord’s unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise. The Lord is all I have, and so in him I put my hope {Lamentations 3:21-24} — Sr. Beata, MSF

+ “Love begins at home. And how does it begin? By praying together.” — Mother Teresa

+ “The world tells women to be strong, but doesn’t define strength properly. Strength isn’t found in being fierce, hot-tempered or quick-tongued. Strength is patience, self-control, faithfulness and a heart surrendered to Christ.” — Anneliese, feminine not feminist

+ “As an idealist & “feeler” heart, I wanted compassion & sympathy, but especially a gentle response—not anger & condemnation. So did my children & husband—all were different, all pushed my buttons in different ways. It was through my different children, the demands of everyday life, that I learned the need for gentleness, that I craved another chance—again.

“Where does a woman find the ability to be gentle, to show mercy, understanding, compassion? When she understands that her heart is selfish, prone to making bad choices, limited in patience, & just beginning to understand what love requires. She understands that she herself is fragile; she will extend the grace she wishes to receive to others she loves, because they, too, are fragile & want gentleness & mercy.

“If a woman understands that others, like her, are going to make mistakes, have accidents, show the dark heart of sin, she will not condemn them harshly for being so. Instead, from a heart that knows she does not deserve the grace & love of Jesus, but receives it nonetheless, she will extend her patience, mercy & gentleness to others to show them the real heart of Jesus. She will still teach, train, correct as Jesus did, knowing that gentleness & compassion come from a humbled heart.” — Sally Clarkson

+ “I want to hate my sins more than I hate the sins of others who sin differently than I do.” — Burk Parsons

+ “I’ve been diving deep on the topic of prayer lately, partially because I’ve felt a bit “stuck”in my prayer life, and partially because I know I have so much to learn from the Saints and the writings of the Church. Ultimately, prayer is about connecting to God dwelling in us — which in itself is beyond comprehension — and yet, I KNOW God is there waiting in the depths of my own heart — and I would hate to look back on my life and realize I never dared to go deeper, to love more fully, to really develop a relationship with the One who loved me into existence in the first place.” — Modern Catholic Mom

+ “I thank Him, not because of healing — not because of that, although I am gracious for that. I thank Him for that each day. But I thank Him more for what He did for my soul. I thank Him more for that. Because guys, eternity is forever. We’re all going to die. We’re all terminal, if you think about it. We’re all stage-four, in some capacity. We all have an expiration date. So let’s worry about what’s going to get us to eternity with Christ.” — Jessica Hanna

+ The Old Rugged Cross: “So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross
Till my trophies at last I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged cross
And exchange it some day for a crown.”

+ “Nothing matters more than having a true knowledge of Christ. We become what our conception of Christ is.” — Caryll Houselander

+ “What the enemy meant for evil, you used for good.” Gen 50:20 // “This is one of my life verses because it tells me everything I need to know about God. He doesn’t bring the destruction, He’s the one who turns everything around for my good. The story of Joseph the Dreamer absolutely wrecks me in the best way – I studied it for the entirety of 2022 and I can’t wait to share some of what God taught me through it. This verse (Genesis 50:20) is right at the end of his story…after all he’s been through, He can say; God used it all for good.” — Salt and Gold Collection

+ “Surround yourself with beauty that inspires love. Surround yourself with that which breathes LIFE into your spirit. Surround yourself with people who cultivate life in the Spirit. Surround yourself with intentionality and make every day a more unceasing, intentional act of love.” — Quiminimo

+ “Becoming a Household on Mission (a podcast episode): what it actually means to be a domestic church, the difference between monastic and married spirituality, and how to restore confidence in trusting we have what it takes to live a good family life.” — two become family

+ “The home is not just a place to change clothes between activities and then crash at night; rather it should be a vibrant center of education, industry, service, and worship. God created the home to be a place bursting with activity and conversation, while simultaneously providing peace and refuge.” — Zan Tyler

+ How to save money on Catholic home decor & gifts

⭐ Here’s what’s featured in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Collection.

I 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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