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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “The home, you might say, ought to be a little Eden on earth; or better, because we are now redeemed, a little bit of heaven…” 💜 I love this line from The Little Oratory — (have you read it??) — and I think you might know by now that I also love to include pieces in our home that remind us to look up and keep our minds focused on Him. ✨ Here are some pieces I included in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter. I share these every Monday and they always include: two gluten-free recipes, a prayer and reflection from Sunday’s Mass readings, and links to budget-friendly fashion & home decor – with a Catholic touch. ✨ You can sign up for the newsletter here.

+ “Even when everybody else’s life seems to be on track when yours is totally derailed. Even when your longing for him seems to meet only with rebuffs. Even when each prayer goes unanswered, without even the relief of a refusal and the closure that comes when God says no. In the loneliness and uncertainty and longing and envy and fear and confusion and bitterness and hope. God has not forgotten you.” — Meg Hunter-Kilmer

+ “St. Anne married her good husband St. Joachim and together they were planning on raising a holy family close to God. Well their plans were put on hold for almost twenty years and through those years they never lost their faith, continuing to pray for what they knew would take a great miracle. They never dreamed how great a miracle their child would be and that they were to become the parents of the Holy Mother of God Mary! After so much suffering, waiting for the wonderful child, they had both made a vow to dedicate their child to the Lord when Mary was three years old. Well that was a tremendous sacrifice as they loved their daughter like no other parents did and to make that sacrifice would have killed Saint Anne if God did not give her the grace to live.” – Dr. Brian Kiczek

+ “Today, I’m learning that life isn’t meant to be done alone. It’s a grace to be able to show up for people, but it’s an even bigger grace to allow people to show up for you. I’m learning that feelings are just that – feelings. There’s nothing to be terrified of or ashamed about when admitting that I’m feeling them. I’m learning that putting on a happy face when I’m breaking inside may be brave in certain situations, but most often, it means I’m lying to myself. And I’m learning that God isn’t repulsed by the messiness of my tangled emotions. He doesn’t want me to always show up smiling. He loves me just the way I am, with all that I’m feeling, on the floor or off it, talking to Him about what’s really going on in here.” — Pearl Mathias

+ “May you embrace this indelible mark (of the sign of the Cross) and let it lead you home.” — Elizabeth Hansen

+ “When someone’s walking through a storm sometimes our silent presence is a greater gift than a steady wind of words. May we feel Your presence holding our wounds tonight, Lord… and let us be present & sit like a gentle gift with just one other person feeling wounds of their own tonight.” — Ann Voskamp

+ “Mental illness does not mean a lack of holiness, as these saints’ lives richly attest…” — Meg Hunter-Kilmer

+ “It’s okay to go to therapy. It’s okay to to go take medication. It’s okay to ask for help.” — Made in His Image

 As always, here are a few pictures of what’s included in this week’s 
Catholic Wife, Catholic Life Newsletter

I share this newsletter every Monday and it always includes two gluten-free recipes, a reflection & prayer based on Sunday’s Mass Readings, and links to budget-friendly fashion & home decor.

You can sign up for the newsletter here!

You can sign up for the newsletter here.