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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “Our wounds and past sins do not separate us from the love God the Father has for us. But, if we allow it, our past can become an obstacle in our love for Him. Once you welcome God into those deep wounds and ask Him to remove the toxic shame you have been carrying, you will then begin to feel free to accept the love and healing He has for you. At this point shame will no longer hold you captive. I don’t pretend to know what type of shame you are carrying. One thing I know for sure is that you matter. Your story matters. Your wounds matter. God wants to come into those places in your heart that shame has taken root and uproot those nasty lies caused by shame. It is helpful to remember that sometimes our hearts are broken by sinning against Our Lord, ourselves, and others. In His endless mercy and through the Sacrament of Confession, the good Lord brings forgiveness to our broken hearts.” — Eliza Spaedy

+ “Suffering runs deep. God’s love runs deeper. Shame runs deep. God’s love runs deeper. Sin runs deep. God’s love runs deeper.” — Rich Villodas

+ “I’ve found Jesus
In the darkness,
In the aching
Under my daily cross.

In the darkness,
He hears me and
Knows me better than anyone.

He knows my sorrow,
Holds out His hand to balance me,
Asks me to give my worry to Him.

In the darkness,
He waits for me
To breathe,
To exhale in surrender to His mercy…” — Gina Fensterer

+ “Let God heal from the wounds that keep you from being everything you were created to be. Where we can’t feel or see God’s hand, we can trust His heart. God wants to free and heal you from the version you created to protect yourself.” — Alexandra Hoover

+ “The life that God gives me is where saints are made.” — Sr. Miriam James

+ “Society needs sacramental marriages. The structure and sustainability of society depends not just on a commitment to the marital responsibilities that we can deduce from nature, but on the grace of God that flows through the Sacrament of Matrimony.” — Scott Hahn

+ About the Couple Behind the “Pre-Cana with the Pope” Podcast

+ “One thing we’ve really learned, deep down in our hearts, is to assume the goodwill of the other. Even when there’s conflict or confrontation and something is difficult, we’re on the same team.” — Monica, Two Become Family

+ Married couples who were both saints

+ About St. Zelie & Louis Martin // A short prayer to them

+ “Repeat after me: God will get glory from my story.” // My prayer for us all. 🙏💕 I got emotional when I first heard this audio — it really meant something, about what our suffering and pains could mean. About how they could be transformed with the Lord. — here

+ “Working to build a stronger marriage will make nearly every other aspect of your life and health stronger too.” // A marriage thrives if BOTH spouses believe these 3 things: 1. My spouse loves me. 2. My spouse respects me. 3. My spouse is committed to me.” // “The tone of your words will shape the tone of your marriage.” — Stronger Marriages

+ “The rest of your life is waiting for you. So don’t let your past rob you of your future. You are more than the worst thing that has ever happened to you. You are more than the worst thing you have ever done. God is never more than one choice away. It only takes one Holy Moment to shift the momentum of your life in the right direction.” — Matthew Kelly

+ “Theology of Absence vs. Theology of Presence: How our expectations shape the way we encounter God.” — Catholic Revival Ministries

+ Thinking of the time you spend in prayer as a mini-Sabbath // Steps for a Holy Hour, Guide to Eucharistic Adoration

+ “Sometimes we get stuck in a rut and we overanalyze. We say, “Unless this is exactly what God wants me to do I need to not do it”, and we almost get paralyzed and we don’t make any decisions… It’s good to not overly discern things.” — more here, Cameron Fradd

+ A lesser-known story about St. Maria Goretti, her faith and how she offered up her suffering.

+ “We may be planting something today that we won’t get to see bloom for a while — literally or figuratively, but it’s good work still and it’ll be worth it. Keep planting and hoping.” — CWCL

+ “We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.” — Brother Lawrence

+ A few promises of the Rosary

+ The beloved husband of Kendra from Catholic All Year, Jim, passed away a few days ago. Kendra shared the update here. She also shared in that post how we can help if you feel called to make a donation to an endowment in Jim’s honor.

+ The difference between a disciple and an apostle

+ Lastly, here’s what’s featured in this week’s Catholic Wife, Catholic Life NewsletterI 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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