Here are this week’s must-reads:
+ “It’s fair to ask, Why bother to pray, “Thy will be done”? Isn’t it presumptuous, or even redundant? Isn’t God’s will what happens anyway? Why pray for God’s will? It seems like praying for gravity to continue. The answer is simple. When we pray “Thy will be done,” we do not change or strengthen the will of God, but we do change and strengthen ourselves. Such prayer disposes our hearts to do the will of the Father (Catechism, no. 2611). Our prayer conditions us to say, “Thy will,” when the pull of our nature says “my will.” — Scott Hahn
+ The Sounds of Making a Meal for Your Family: how your acts of service may bring comfort and love to those around you.
+ “The Gospel speaks clearly… Christ not only took pity on the sick & healed many of them, restoring health to both their bodies & their minds, His compassion also led Him to identify with them. He declares, ‘I was sick and you visited me’ (Matt 25:36.)… Christ took all human suffering on Himself, even mental illness. Yes, even this affliction, which perhaps seems the most absurd & incomprehensible, configures the sick person to Christ & gives him a share in his redeeming passion.” — St. John Paul II
+ “Arise, soldiers of Christ, throw away the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” – Saint Cecilia
+ “I want to speak a word of consolation if you find that you think your sensitivity is a burden. Your sensitivity is a divine gift… St. Thomas of Aquinas says our Lord was not less sensitive because He was divine — he was more. He felt every pain of the passion more because of his goodness, more because of his divinity. He felt the physical pain more, he felt the spiritual rejection more, he felt the loneliness and the isolation more. Look at Gethsemane if you doubt it. Sensitivity is a gift from God.” — Sr. Mary Madeline Todd, OP
+ “The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” – Mary Davis
+ “It will suffice to tell you in a word; only your personal and profound union with Christ will assure the fruitfulness of your apostolate, whatever it may be.” — Pope Paul XVI
+ “Your life has already begun, + your life is a gift. Every moment, God uses to draw close to you. At least for today if you can, release whatever it is you’re waiting for to Him. Live in the freedom of the present moment, + let the Father love you.” — Mari, West Coast Catholic
Lastly, 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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