Here are this week’s must-reads:
+ “Love begins at home. And how does it begin? By praying together.” — Mother Teresa
+ “Mother Teresa often said, “Holiness is not the luxury of the few, it is a simple duty for each one of us.” May her example help us to strive for holiness: to love God, to respect and love every human person created by God in His own image and in whom He dwells, and to care for our poor and suffering brethren.” — CatholicOnline
+ “If I ever become a Saint—I will surely be one of darkness, I will continually be absent from Heaven—to (light) the light of those in darkness on earth.” — Mother Teresa
+ “I never knew until recently that Mother Teresa relied daily upon others’ redemptive suffering for the success of her mission…(read the story here)… I woke up this morning to a sick day, and there could be no better reminder that whatever our suffering or grief, it has so much potential to bear great fruit—far greater fruit even than physical tasks—when we offer it to Jesus. Or, as Mother Teresa more eloquently wrote: “Love demands sacrifice. But if we love until it hurts, God will give us His peace and joy…. Suffering in itself is nothing; but suffering shared with Christ’s Passion is a wonderful gift.” — Megan, Positively Imperfect
+ “Occasionally weep deeply over the life you hoped would be. Grieve the losses. Then wash your face. Trust God. And embrace the life you have.” — John Piper
+ “Who needs vows for easy days? We need them for the hard ones. We need them to remind us: love is a choice, not something you abandon when you don’t feel it anymore… Funny how, for those who bend to give their best, the best is always yet to come.” — Phylicia Masonheimer
+ “A good marriage isn’t something you find. It’s something you make.” — Gary Thomas
+ “Marriage is wild. It challenges me so much in my selfishness and I have to remember how often I need to CHOOSE David to build a healthy, thriving marriage. It doesn’t just happen. And, honestly, I’m so tempted by the lie that it just happens. Because, if you find your person, it should just be easy, right?? … Great marriages don’t just happen. We build them through the everyday choices we make!” — Bridget, Managing Your Fertility
+ “Love should be seen as something which in a sense never ‘is’ but is always becoming.” — St. JP II
+ “Christ dwells with them, gives them the strength to take up their crosses and so follow Him, to rise again after they have fallen, to forgive one another, to bear one another’s burdens… To love one another.” (CCC 1642)
+ “Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being.” — St. Francis de Sales
+ “Hope goes wherever we go because hope lives inside us in our inner chapels. Hope is God who is always with us no matter the stormy seas of uncertainty we might face. Hope is infused in us by God alone. It is rooted in Jesus who makes the invisible God visible to us. Hope means we are never alone.” — Becky Eldredge
+ “There are people God has placed in our lives who desperately need to experience God’s love for them, our neighbors, our family, our friends, our coworkers, yes even our enemies. They desperately need us to be the disciples God has called us to be.
“What is it in our life, what are we holding on to that keeps us from loving others as our Lord has asked of us? We can’t pick up our cross if we’re holding on to those things. Perhaps we are holding onto a grudge or the pursuit of our own self interests. It could be any number of things, but when our hands are busy satisfying our own selfish desires, then they are not free for us to pick up our cross and follow Christ.” — Deacon John Harden
+ “One of my favorite quotes is “do what you’re doing.” Being present in each task, giving it our full attention. Especially in our prayer life. Finding small moments of silence to stop and offer God our full attention. Even starting with just a few moments a day, it will become a habit and lengthen in time and occurrence. We will begin to crave the silence. We will grow deeply in our relationship with God and His mother and their presence will become so very real.” — Laetare Life
+ Lastly, here’s what’s featured in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter. 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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