Here are this week’s must-reads:
+ “To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” — G.K. Chesterton
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+ “One reason that we don’t receive what we want through prayer is that we give up too easily. What could be behind this rule of prayer? Augustine said that God sometimes delays in giving us what we want because he wants our hearts to expand. The more ardently we desire something, the more ready we are when it comes, the more we treasure it. The very act of asking persistently is accomplishing something spiritually important. So when the Lord seems slow to answer your prayer, never give up.” — Bishop Barron
+ “It’s also true that the more we pray and the more that we persevere, the easier prayer becomes. There will always be times of dryness and times when we are less focused than we’d like, but every time we try, God delights in our efforts and rewards us with His grace. All God asks of us is that we pray, He doesn’t ask for it to be perfect.” — Close to Jesus Prints
“When the devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future! The devil will try to upset you by accusing you of being unworthy of the blessings that you have received. Simply remain cheerful and do your best to ignore the devil’s nagging. If need be even laugh at the absurdity of the situation. Satan, the epitome of sin itself, accuses you of unworthiness!” — St. Teresa of Avila
+ “We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.” — St. Teresa of Avila
+ “Lepers know more clearly than any others that they can’t cure their own leprosy. They can’t simply just try harder. They can’t simply take the right pill or find the right product. And they can’t ignore it, because it’s all over their face. There’s no salvation for them anywhere. They are hopeless until Jesus approaches them and makes it possible for them to approach Him. And makes it possible for them to recognize, as only one does, that He alone is the source of healing. And So Jesus has come close to them and has also come close to us… He has come close to us to meet us. He has come in search of us. And that you’re here this moment is evidence that He has found you and you have responded to His invitation.” — Rev. Greg Kelly
+ “You can let God use the sufferings and experiences in your life…or not. When we invite the supernatural into our circumstances, our path to holiness is paved. // Say a prayer for those who may be silently suffering. Those bearing a great burden. Ask that He will be invited into that place and begin to heal those wounds.” — Tabitha, House of Joppa
+ “Sadness is looking at oneself, happiness is looking at God. Conversion is nothing but a movement of the eyes.” — Bl. Carlo Acutis
+ “The Divine Heart is an ocean full of all good things, wherein poor souls can cast all their needs. It is an ocean full of joy to drown all our sadness, An ocean of humility to drown our folly, an ocean of mercy to those in distress, an ocean of love in which to submerge our poverty.” — St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
+ Exclusive interview with Carlo Acutis’ mom: The secret of my son: Question”: What made Carlo different from other young people of his age?
Answer: As John Paul II said, when we open the doors to Christ, our lives change. Every ordinary life becomes extraordinary if it is lived in Christ, for Christ, and with Christ. This is what Carlo did. And he did this in every situation, from the smallest thing to the biggest, such as helping out at home, helping children who were victims of bullying, or those in difficulty who had a disability, or the homeless, bringing them food and blankets. His commitment was mainly in the apostolate. At the age of 9, he was reading computer engineering textbooks that he had bought at the Polytechnic University of Milan. He learned algorithms with which he created programs, then websites for parishes, the Jesuits, the Vatican. He didn’t do it for his personal glory but for the glory of Heaven…”
+ “(Sunday’s) reading from Joshua depicts Moses, in whom God’s power moves so forcefully that he can affect the outcome of a battle with his hands. Hands up? The Israelites are winning. Hands down? They’re losing. It’s a great situation for Israel, except for one thing: even Moses got tired sometimes. Aaron and Hur bring him a rock to sit on, and they stand, one on each side, and hold up his arms. As long as they are there to support him, Israel’s victory is assured.
“We aren’t meant to do it alone. God made us to need Him. It’s not about proving how capable we are, but in recognizing on Whom we depend for help . . . and sometimes, in being willing to accept God’s help from a fellow human being.” — Abbey DuPuy
+ Make Your Home a Holy Place: “Take what you have been given in the Mass beyond the doors of the parish and into your home.”
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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