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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ Litany of Saints for Difficult Family Situations

+ We all carry different plates: “Maybe you think someone doesn’t have a lot on their plate compared to yours. But maybe their plate is smaller than yours, and it doesn’t have a lot of room to begin with. Or maybe their plate is paper, and their flimsy paper plate can’t hold as much as your sturdy ceramic plate can. Or maybe their plate was broken and is now held by glue.”

+ “Through the suffering, I looked towards Heaven. The Lord held my hand. He walked with me as I went into the depths of the unknown because the only way I was able to make it out of my heartbreak was to follow Him. Meandering through this unknown was intimidating, but I knew I was holding the hand of Someone Who is bigger than all the misery. Grab His hand; see where He’ll take you. You won’t be disappointed.” — Bella Rol

+ “When we first started taking Karolina to church (and once on an airplane), I printed out a little lanyard that said, “𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘣𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘦, 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘮.”⁣ My purpose was not to label Karolina but to simply inform. I found it seemed to soften people’s hearts when they heard Karolina’s noises⁣ or saw her stimming.⁣ ⁣

Then it dawned on me that we could all probably benefit from a sign like that.⁣ 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘣𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘦…..𝘐 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘫𝘰𝘣. 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘣𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘦…..𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯.⁣ 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘦…𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥. ⁣And the list goes on… Who among us is not living with tremendous loss by what has been taken this year?⁣” — Brooke Taylor

+ “This is a long labor. In birth, you reach a point where you are certain you cannot. You are sure you are dying and no one else sees. You feel the core of your being breaking open and you are sure it will swallow you whole. But this is how new life gets birthed. Just past the point where you are sure you cannot, not for one minute longer. Hold on and wait. Wait and breathe. Breathe and push. Then hold your breath and push even harder. We are holding and waiting, breathing and pushing… Whatever change you want to see, whatever justice you’re fighting for, whatever hope you long to hold, whatever peace you’re yearning for, it takes long hard labor to birth. But our God is with us, with every breath, with every push.” — Laura Kelly Fanucci

+ The School of Trust During Story Seas

+ “We break social mores all of the time. And it is kind of uncomfortable. At a glance, our Catholic practices and beliefs don’t make sense to the public. But they do make sense. There is a Truth here that is so deep, so rich, so eternal that we must not sacrifice it to feel like one of the crowd. The stakes are too high.” – “Being Uncomfortably Catholic”

+ “You should be so comfortable in your marriage that you can safely show your spouse your worst, but still intentional about always striving to give your spouse your best.” (Dave & Ashley Willis)

+ Ultimate List of Small Catholic Businesses

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

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